Posts Tagged ‘SPCA’

Reptiles abandoned at South African airport

March 8, 2008

Three animal transport crates containing endangered reptiles were found abandoned at Oliver Tambo Airport, the National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) said today.

NSPCA’s National Inspector Alistair Sinclair said the organisation arrived at Oliver Tambo yesterday after a tip-off and found five crates that were emanating a “nauseating stench”.

Two of the crates, that were destined for Spain, were returned to Madagascar because the transporting agent had not paid the duties.

The three remaining crates, destined for the Czech Republic, were taken to the Johannesburg Zoo and unpacked.

Sinclair said the crates contained “hundreds” of snakes, geckos, lizards, chameleons and arthropods, contrary to the consignment listing lizards and frogs.

He estimated that about 10 to 15 percent of the animals had died during the five to six days they had been in the crates and he expected more to die of dehydration during the following days.

Sinclair said the incident “again” proved that animal welfare concerns were not adequately addressed by the Airports Company South Africa (Acsa).

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Vancouver, Canada: Increased fines, and more power to SPCA in animal cruelty cases

March 7, 2008

The province is strengthening the Animal Cruelty Act by extending the B.C. SPCA’s powers when it comes to investigating animal cruelty cases. This comes in the wake of last week’s destruction of 1,200 roosters discovered in a cockfighting bust, and other high profile cases.

The new amendments include giving agents the ability to get search warrants by phone. The province is also clarifying agents’ authority to seize evidence and to take abandoned animals into custody. It’s also clarifying the SPCA’s power to hold and dispose of animals, and may force those animal owners to pay back the Society for taking care of those pets.

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South Africa: Neglect of animals threatening human lives

March 5, 2008

Domestic and farm animals in poverty-stricken rural areas often need veterinary care more desperately than animals in townships.

Allan Perrins, chief executive officer of the Cape of Good Hope SPCA, says the rural neglect of animals is a countrywide problem and the Karoo is the Western Cape’s “hotspot”.

Vast distances between clinics and homes and lack of transport, education and money all contribute to the problem.

There was an epidemic of mange, a condition that could be transferred to humans as scabies, Perrins said. This was especially dangerous for children, the elderly, and those living with tuberculosis or HIV.

Recently a vet visiting Ladismith in the Karoo had to put down, over a few hours, 60 animals infected with mange.

Fleas, ringworm, worms and other afflictions can also be contracted by humans.

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‘Puppy Torture’ Video Sparks Outrage, Military Investigation

March 4, 2008

A shocking video that appears to show a U.S. Marine tossing a puppy off a cliff has sparked fierce controversy and outrage online, leading to a military investigation.

An official statement released Tuesday by the Marines calls the YouTube video “shocking and deplorable” and said it violates “the high standard we expect of every Marine,” while some in the blogosphere label the clip an obvious fake.

If proven true, the video would be the latest black eye for a military already tarred by the infamous photos of prisoner abuse taken at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Fake or not, the clip is already sparking widespread condemnation.

“It was a horrific shock,” said Stephanie Scroggs, director of communications for the SPCA International in a phone interview Tuesday. “It was very disheartening to see that video.”

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March 1, 2008

Three properties in the Cloverdale area of Surrey operated what might have been Canada’s largest cockfighting ring, where birds tore at each other for the entertainment of gamblers.

At these invitation-only events, pairs of specially trained roosters had long, hooked knives strapped to their feet and were driven into a frenzy by their handlers. The birds were then released to fight each other, often to the death, and all well out of the public eye.

In April, 2006, the B.C. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals received a tip relating to one of the Surrey properties. They informed the RCMP, which began an investigation that lasted nearly two years and, this week, led to a dramatic bust of the cockfighting operation.

Police and SPCA investigators searched three properties in Cloverdale over a 21-hour period, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday morning and finishing at 6:30 a.m. Thursday. They turned up fighting roosters, six fighting pits and large amounts of cockfighting paraphernalia. Many of the birds had stab wounds or were missing eyes or feet.

Among the items found were spurs – sharp two- or three-inch blades attached to roosters’ feet so that they can slash each other during fights – needles and veterinary supplies, scorecards, tethers and muffs, which are like small boxing gloves for the birds’ feet during practice matches. According to the SPCA, many of these items are easily purchased online.

The fighting birds would have been tethered to barrels on six- or eight-foot leads for most of their lives and kept in a constant state of agitation, said Shawn Eccles, chief animal protection officer with the B.C. SPCA. These specially bred fighters, called “game fowl,” were kept in close proximity to other fighting cocks to make them more aggressive. They were occasionally let free to breed with hens or to practice fighting other birds, but they were tied up again soon after.

“These birds are encouraged to fight to the death,” said Mr. Eccles, calling cockfighting one of the few remaining blood sports. “If they don’t die in the ring, they will die shortly after, probably as a result of injuries sustained during the fighting.”

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