SPCA lays charges for beat­ing seal

The Mercury - - FRONT PAGE - Lisa Isaacs

THE Swartland and West Coast SPCA has laid charges against two men who were filmed beat­ing and tor­tur­ing a baby seal.

The video of the in­ci­dent has gone vi­ral, elic­it­ing out­rage, and the men have been iden­ti­fied.

The SPCA said this week they were alerted to the video that de­picted the hor­rific beat­ing and stab­bing of a baby seal.

“We, as were many mem­bers of the pub­lic who saw the video on so­cial me­dia, were sick­ened at this bla­tant dis­play of cru­elty,” the SPCA said.

On fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion and with the help of con­cerned cit­i­zens, the SPCA iden­ti­fied the per­pe­tra­tors.

“As a re­sult we have been able to gather enough ev­i­dence to lay charges in terms of the An­i­mal Pro­tec­tion Act 71 of 1962 against the man seen on the video abus­ing the seal.

“Charges have also been laid against an­other man who filmed the ap­palling scene”.

The SPCA was con­fi­dent jus­tice would be served.

It ap­pealed to mem­bers of the pub­lic to go to their lo­cal po­lice sta­tion and make a state­ment, signed and stamped by the po­lice, that re­quests the court to im­pose the high­est pos­si­ble penalty at sen­tenc­ing, in a fur­ther bid to strengthen their case.

“It is im­per­a­tive that this orig­i­nal copy is then posted to us for use dur­ing pro­ceed­ings.

“Help us get jus­tice for this poor an­i­mal. We do not know what the fate of the seal was as it seems that the scene was filmed in De­cem­ber 2017.”

The SPCA said it had also come to their at­ten­tion that in­di­vid­u­als were ask­ing for re­ward money.

“We have not au­tho­rised any­one to do this on our be­half.

“Re­ward money should be paid di­rectly to the SPCA. The Swartland and West Coast SPCA is the only an­i­mal wel­fare or­gan­i­sa­tion deal­ing with the case.”.

One of the men seen on the video abus­ing a baby seal.

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