SPCA turnaround after Eid court order
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.