SPCA turn­around af­ter Eid court or­der

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - ZARA NI­CHOL­SON

THE SPCA ob­tained a court rul­ing yes­ter­day al­low­ing it to re­move an­i­mals from a Philippi far m where they were un­der­go­ing sac­ri­fi­cial slaugh­ter to mark the Mus­lim holy day of Eid-ul-adha.

But in­spec­tors even­tu­ally ne­go­ti­ated a deal with peo­ple on Qur­baan farm, which the SPCA main­tains has in­ad­e­quate fa­cil­i­ties for slaugh­ter­ing, and in­stead helped in the hu­mane slaugh­ter of two cows.

The SPCA has been con­cerned about Qur­baan’s slaugh­ter­ing fa­cil­i­ties and has been pres­sur­ing the owner to im­prove them.

Dur­ing the cer­e­mony yes­ter­day a dis­tressed cow tried to flee and pushed through the in­ad­e­quate fenc­ing into the crowd.

Ear­lier, SPCA in­spec­tor Jaco Pi­eterse, who had videoed the “in­hu­mane” way cows were be­ing slaugh­tered at the farm in the morn­ing, ob­tained a court or­der from the Wyn­berg Mag­is­trate’s Court in terms of the An­i­mal Pro­tec­tion Act.

But when they went back to the farm with the or­der in the af­ter­noon, to be met by dozens of Mus­lim fam­i­lies, they de­cided to help with hu­mane slaugh­ter. They ne­go­ti­ated be­ing al­lowed to use a cap­tive bolt to stun the an­i­mals be­fore their throats were slit.

By­laws in­sist abat­toirs have ad­e­quate shade; no an­i­mals may be sick or in­jured; an­i­mals must have enough food and wa­ter, and the fa­cil­i­ties must not be over­crowded. The an­i­mals must be han­dled calmly, and only sharp knives may be used.

The SPCA claimed that most of th­ese re­quire­ments were not be­ing met by farm owner Ab­dul Rahim.

Rahim later told an of­fi­cial that he gen­er­ally catered for sheep, and when fam­i­lies had ap­proached him to use his fa­cil­i­ties he had not re­alised how much big­ger cows were.

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