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ELEPHANTS OF EDEN - Animal Cruelty

Location: Knysna
Crime Date: 17 May 2014
Reported Date: 20 May 2014

ELEPHANTS OF EDEN - Animal Cruelty

NSPCA Lays Animal Cruelty Charges

The National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) has laid animal cruelty charges against Elephants of Eden, the Knysna Elephant Park, their directors and management including Lizette Withers, in terms of the Animals Protection Act, 71 of 1962 for cruelty to elephants.

This proved necessary after the NSPCA received horrific footage depicting the cruel and abusive training methods employed to control and train baby and young elephants for their future, captive lives in the elephant-based tourist industry.

Wendy Willson, National NSPCA Inspector, has stated that the footage shows elephant calves and juvenile elephants being chained, roped and stretched, shocked with electric cattle prods and hit with bull hooks– all methods used to force these gentle giants to submit to the will of their trainers and handlers. "The elephants show signs of crippling injuries with severely swollen legs and feet, debilitating abscesses and wounds resulting from the abusive use of ropes, chains, and bull hooks. The calculated and premeditated cruelty of this nature that took place at this facility is a far cry from the loving sanctuary image that Elephants of Eden/Knysna Elephant Park like to portray,”continued Willson.

The footage was taken on the premises of Elephants of Eden situated in the Eastern Cape – a property defined as a safe haven for elephants and owned by the same entities who own the Knysna Elephant Park. The facility and its remaining elephants have recently been moved to the Western Cape to join the Knysna Elephant Park.

In simple terms; due to the size, intelligence and nature of elephants, training most often takes place through domination, and the breaking of the elephant's spirit. In order to dominate or force one's will onto an animal such as the elephant, force needs to be applied and thus is a recipe for abuse. Thefootage is proof of this.

A growing number of people in South Africa and around the world have suffered severe and fatal injuries as a result of the rebellion of trained elephants kept in captivity. Elephants of Eden and the Knysna Elephant Park are no exceptions: - at these facilities two elephant handlers have been killed and others have been seriously injured. The most recent case occurred in 2011.

The captive elephant interaction industry is a form of tourism driven by greed and without any conservation benefit. Additionally, no dedicated laws exist in South Africa to govern methods used in handling or training elephants for interaction tourism, and trainers and handlers do not require any formal training or education to be able to work with or handle elephants.

At a recent inspection of the Knysna Elephant Park, even though the NSPCA had a warrant to inspect the premises, we were denied entry by Lizette Withers. We were obliged to obtain assistance from the police in order to effect the warrant. Ms Withers only permitted entry when she was advised that her persistent refusal would lead to her arrest. A charge of obstruction has also been laid against Ms Withers.

The NSPCA subscribes to the credo that "wild animals belong in the wild” and is opposed to the removal of elephants from the wild for domestication purposes. We believe that elephants should not be trained, kept in captivity and/or used for entertainment.


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Neglected dog left to suffer by owners

Location: DURBAN
Crime Date: 20 February 2014
Reported Date: 2 May 2014

Neglected dog left to suffer by owners

The tenents of that house was given a puppy in Feb this year. They were informed about its medical needs. To date the puppy has not been dewormed or vaccinated. It has developed rashes and its fur is falling off.  It scratchs its body so hard that it groans as he does it. The owner of the Dog hits the dog with anything in front of her and chases it when it goes near her door and when it passes stool in the yard.

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Dog poisoned with two-step

Location: De Doorns
Crime Date: 18 April 2014
Reported Date: 28 April 2014

Dog poisoned with two-step

I recently visited a farm in the Montague/De Doorns area where the farmer is blatantly using carbamates (Temik or Two-step as it is known) to poison animals that are catching his sheep. Unfortunately my dalmatian dog also succumbed to carbamate poisoning on the farm after accidentally ingesting some poison. Carbamates have been taken off the market completely and this farmer is clearly buying it on the "black market". It is also highly illegal to set poison on a farm as per the Animal Protection Act. The farmer's name is Hennie de Kock on the farm Sandvlei. Do not go there.

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dog abuse

Location: Boksburg
Crime Date: 22 April 2014
Reported Date: 22 April 2014

dog abuse

This has been going on for too long. My nighbore is forever throwing bricks at its dog. The sound of the dog's cry always breaks my heart.this dose not happen once a day but three to four times. Please come try and help the poor dog 

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cats being caught in a trap and left overnight

Location: Plettenberg Bay
Crime Date: 21 March 2014
Reported Date: 21 March 2014

cats being caught in a trap and left overnight

we heard a cat making noises and clearly it was very disstressed and in need of help. the noise came from my neighbors yard and as peek into their yard, there my cat was in a small cage with no food or water. he was left outside in the cold during the night. we called the police and still no sign of them.

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Jenny in Brakpan - dog breeder

Location: JOHANNESBURG
Crime Date: 11 February 2014
Reported Date: 19 February 2014

Jenny in Brakpan - dog breeder

We experienced the same thing as the following person: http://www.reportacrime.co.za/CrimeReport.aspx?ID=4529), with this woman and I whole heartedly regret ever having met her. She told me her name was Jenny, and the more and more I think about the whole situation the dodgier it becomes for me.

I found her online on Tuesday 11th February 2014 and called her to inquire about a worsie puppy, to which she told me she only had 1 little boy of 8 weeks old left. Being as desperate and excited as I was to get a puppy and find a little brother for my current Basset Hound boy who was/is lonely, I jumped at the opportunity to fetch him the same evening.

He appeared to be healthy and she provided me with his vaccination certificate. We paid R600 for him and left (we didn't meet her at her house either, she told us to meet her at a place called "Yankees" as the address of  1 Olimpa Road, Brakpan, Boksburg, Johannesburg took us to the "wrong" house).

On Friday 14th February he started vomiting and wouldn't eat or drink anything so we took him to the vet where they alerted us that he had worms, a tummy infection and a fever. I messaged this horrid woman immediately to let her know that our pup was sick to which she merely replied with "I'm sorry".

On the Saturday 15th February he got worse, and at around midnight we had to rush him to the Bryanston Vet Hospital. He had contracted a virus called Parvovirus which eats away at the tummy lining in puppies if they haven't been vaccinated/vaccinated correctly. There's no cure or treatment for this except to put them on a drip to replenish lost nutrients and nourishment of some kind.

We left him at the hospital where they put him on a drip, and hoped for the best. At 4am on Sunday 16th February the vet phoned us to say that our little boy didn't make it :( When I tried to contact her on Monday 17th February she wouldn't answer my calls. Only when I tried from an unknown number did she answer, and was quite unapologetic as well!

I know we shouldn't support any back yard breeders and follow the correct practice and for that I do blame myself and am sorry about what happened, but in the same regard this woman is disgusting - particularly seeing more people with the same/similar experience to ours. I hope that she's found, caught and arrested for a very long time so she can't do this to any more of these precious animals.


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Dog Reportedly Died negligently - SPCA Covers Up

Location: Roodepoort
Crime Date: 12 February 2014
Reported Date: 14 February 2014

Dog Reportedly Died negligently - SPCA Covers Up

A healthy and well loved Yorkshire Terrier was wrongfully taken from Kohen & Sam Moodley in the West Rand, because of a baseless claim that they were mistreating by one disgruntled malicious neighbour. When the Moodleys tried to present evidence to prove that they in fact were excellent caregivers with mutiple photos, witness and testimony - the SPCA in Roodepoort denied them any fair procedure. When they made several attempts to find out about the wellbeing of Willow, they were refused this information at every turn. We learned on Tuesday by 3 witnesses that Willow died from Parva Disease. One Witness who saw willow could see how ill she was and this could have been prevented. When the Moodleys confronted the SPCA about the death of Willow, the SPCA said that Willow was alive, but when asked to prove this they refused. There is a massive cover up, and the culprits must be held accountable. THere is a mountain of evidence & witness to corroborate this story.

Adv. Kate Thambiran 0827749138



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Puppy Dogs Abandoned In Scrapyard

Location: Potchefstroom
Crime Date: 6 February 2014
Reported Date: 7 February 2014

Puppy Dogs Abandoned In Scrapyard

When entering the scrap yard i saw 5 maybe more puppies were severely undernourished. These beautiful dogs look terrible and i'm sure are starving. They are so thin. These dogs were put on the property by the owner to protect the property which i can understand but he can at least look after the poor little things. I did not see any food or water so i'm very worried and concerned about them. The owner leaves the dogs alone for days at a time without even opening the doors. Please please go have a look and remove the dogs. They shouldn't be treated like that! Its SICK!

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