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17 March 2017

The National Council of SPCAs Farm Animal Protection Unit responded to a tip-off and obtained a warrant to enter a residential property in Vryburg in the North West province. Together with members from the Vryburg SAPS Stock Theft Unit, the NSPCA uncovered approximately 30 donkey skins inside the house.

According to the tenant of the property, all the skins that were discovered belonged to him. The skins had been purchased from surrounding villages where donkeys had been slaughtered inhumanely and illegally, according to information that was obtained from the suspect. He will be charged under the Meat Safety Act 40 of 2000 and charges under the Animals Protection Act 71 of 1962 are being considered.

According to the tenant, this was a small consignment and many others, much larger in size, had already been sold and shipped off to various customers.

The donkey skins found at the property have been logged as evidence with the local SAPS and have been removed to a place of safety.

The NSPCA Inspector remains in the area, working on the case and others.

An urgent appeal is made – anyone with information of any kind may contact the NSPCA via nspca@nspca.co.za. You may remain anonymous but the more information you are able to give, the more helpful it will be in tracking down and bringing to justice those involved in this despicable, horrendous and cruel trade.

National SPCA press release, 10 March 2017.

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