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African Grey Abuse

Location: Pietermaritzburg
Crime Date: 11 August 2014
Reported Date: 12 August 2014

African Grey Abuse

The occupants of a Raisethorpe home, in Pietermaritzburg, had a situation of domestic violence during which family members and were throwing bricks at each other as well as using foul language in public and around young children and babies. The fight occurred on the road outside the occupants yard which lasted for approximately 30 minutes.

During this time 2 occupants were asked to leave the property with their belongings and 2 birds, one being a species of Conure and the other a juvenile African Grey. In much rage one of the persons who had been fighting (him not being any of the owners) removed a pocket knife from his pocket and proceeded to stab the African Grey in its stomach/crop. Thereafter he threw it onto the road. As a result the bird now has a hole in its stomach with blood and food escaping and a right leg that has been twisted, due to being thrown. The leg is now at a 90 degree angle to what is supposed to be its normal position.

The owners did not look for the bird or realize that it was picked up from the road. I proceeded to take it to the SPCA in a well aerated box after calling the after hours contact number. The male I spoke to did not meet me at the SPCA as planned and asked me to leave it in a cage alongside the main gates. I did not do this as it was very cold which would have allowed room for the cut to become infected and there would have been nobody to monitor the bird through the night. The parrot has been taken to the SPCA once again this morning as it surprisingly survived the night. 

Its care is now in the hands of the SPCA who i hope will take good care of it or can find a safe home for it.

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Old dog and pigs and rabbits on his property

Location: PRETORIA
Crime Date: 22 July 2014
Reported Date: 22 July 2014

Old dog and pigs and rabbits on his property


I know of a gay Albert Groenewald that lives on 20 Pretorius street, Littel Manor. He has 3 dogs and one of the dogs are very old, the dog pulls out his hair and bits him self until their is scares he does not clean the scars and their is always flys on the scars.

He also have about 7 - 10 pork belly pigs that he sells for pets and 100 - 150 rabbits all of them stays in the same enclosed area at the back of his property. The rabbits he slaughters at his lapa were he shoots them in the head and takes of their skin and keep the rabbits in his fridge. Sometimes he sells the rabbits or he gives them to his dogs to eat. 

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Lets take the land from the white farmers

Location: Hartbeesfontein
Crime Date: 16 July 2014
Reported Date: 18 July 2014

Lets take the land from the white farmers

This is what happens when the government takes farms from people and give them to people who do not know anything about farming!

"Another farm, owned by the state, has been found outside Hartbeesfontein in the North West where pigs have been mistreated, the Democratic Alliance said on Thursday.

"Maritha Coetzee, DA councillor in the Matlosana municipality, has since Sunday provided food and water for three pigs through holes in a wall," provincial leader Chris Hattingh said in a statement.

This was after being told the pigs had been without food and water for some time.

"Another two pigs in the pen were already dead and were being eaten by the surviving pigs," Hattingh said.

"The agricultural unit of the National SPCA was informed of the situation and removed the pigs after obtaining a court order."

Hattingh said the farm was under the management of the Matlosana municipality and was used for local economic development projects.

He said millions of rands had been spent on the farm but every project had failed.

The farm, Moria, was across from another farm, used as a provincial agriculture project, where the SPCA had to previously euthanise 28 stud cattle, and where recently a further two were found to be in a "shocking" state of malnutrition.

"The DA will insist on greater involvement of the North West department of agriculture in agriculture projects," he said.

"It is clear that novice farmers are left mostly to themselves, without training, support or monitoring."

On 6 July, The Sunday Independent reported that pigs were found starving and eating one another on the farm Modderfontein, near Potchefstroom, owned by Thandi Modise, who is National Council of Provinces chairperson and a former North West premier.

Police and SPCA officials found dead and dying animals, including pigs, sheep, geese, goats and ducks. Many had to be put down.

It appeared the animals had been without water and food for around two weeks. There were no farmworkers on the property, no electricity, and the water pumps were broken. "

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dog nearly beaten to death

Location: Kempton Park
Crime Date: 30 June 2014
Reported Date: 1 July 2014

dog nearly beaten to death

Theres this guy that stays at 15 Emma road Edenglen and last night he beat his jack russel up so badly with a broom stick and kicked it so hard several times that the dog wasn't crying anymore and you know what he kept on going feel so sick to my stomach!!! I don't know if the dog is still alive!

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Death donesnt bring life

Location: PRETORIA
Crime Date: 13 June 2014
Reported Date: 13 June 2014

Death donesnt bring life

I understand that everyone has there culture but it isn't right to involve an animal!! I have seen that cows have been SLAUGHTERED by people unhumanly. The cow is first dehydrated then killed half way with a thin very small knife. While the animal is still living the people jump on the cow forcing out his or her air!! they start skinning her while she is still living. this happens right next to the rad for everyone to see. THEY DONT DO IT FOR CULTURE; THEY ENJOY SEEING HER SUFFER, this is possible in their unhuman eyes!!!

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Cruel Breeder

Crime Date: 14 December 2013
Reported Date: 11 June 2014

Cruel Breeder

I would like to report a breeder by the name of Mindy Robertson, based in Vanderbijlpark, Sedibeng. She places several ads on Gumtree on a monthly basis and claims to have pups from KUSA registered parents. She sells the pups with a vet certificate, stating that the pups bill of health is 100%.

I purchased such a pup in December and paid for the KUSA papers. After waiting several weeks and having taken the puppy to one of South Africa’s best vets after a seizure, the vet diagnosed the puppy as a water head and should have never been cleared as healthy. The veterinary certificate turned out to be a fake and the KUSA documents never arrived.

After speaking to several breeders, they claimed that Mindy Robertson often calls them and buys pups in bulk from them. One or two of the breeders have stopped selling to her as the believe she is running a puppy mill, selling all sorts of puppy, regardless of their bill of health.

I wanted to take this story to Carte Blanch, as I believe it needs to be exposed.

She has several numbers and names. She also claims to be associated with several breeders, who have denied ever knowing of her.

I trust you will be able to place this information on a public platform where other potential buyers can be warned and hopefully stop this Mindy Robertson from selling further puppies.

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Lion cubs for sale on Facebook

Location: PRETORIA
Crime Date: 2 June 2014
Reported Date: 2 June 2014

Lion cubs for sale on Facebook

Hi I'm not sure where to report this hopefully someone can take it further but about 10 minutes ago there was a man selling 2 lion cubs for R15000 each on a trade/swop Facebook group with photos of these cubs. I commented on his post asking if this was legal and now the post has disappeared. I am concerned about the legalities and the safety of these cubs. If he isn't in the wrong then I apologize to him but he can certainly see why someone would be concerned about a man selling wild animals on a facebook page where people trade clothes and furniture. This is his profile. His name is Edwin Voges I have put a link to his profile.

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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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