Posted on Facebook by the NSPCA
On Monday the 7th September hundreds of wild animals will be killed in a mass slaughter as part of a driven hunt in Limpopo, South Africa, on 3 game farms just outside of Alldays.
A variety of wild animals including antelope, baboon and warthog will be chased down a specially cleared 2km stretch of land into a wall of gunfire.
Foreign hunters, in South Africa for a week of entertainment will be standing on purpose built platforms along the slaughter strip ready to take pot shots at these terrified animals. The animals have no chance of evading the onslaught and the hunters have no way of ensuring a clean shot or a humane death.
The animal ‘ targets’ are moving and there is no way to control the species or age of the animals that will be killed. The animals will likely not be used for meat or trophies as their bodies will be riddled with lead.
The hunt will last for 1 week and hundreds of animals will be injured and or killed daily. Hundreds of animals will suffer, just to entertain a few individuals.
Driven Hunting is not illegal, but it most certainly is unethical and inhumane as a clean shot and certain death cannot be guaranteed.
Not killing the animal outright or with a second shot immediately, is certainly a contravention of the Animals Protection Act.
Please help up to stop this by appealing to the Limpopo Department of Environmental Affairs to stop this hunt immediately. Please email your concerns politely to MakhubeleSH@Ledet.gov.za or call their office on 015 2907070.
Please raise your voices and say NO to this horrendous, cruel mass slaughter.
Dear Mr. Makhubele,
Further to the proposed Driven Hunt due to commence on three game farms outside Alldays on 7 September 2015 I am including just some of the signatures on a petition of people from within South Africa and around the world to stop this action.
I think of Gandhi who said: "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
What is to be gained from killing animals in a callous, cruel one-way 'contest' under unnatural and contrived circumstances? Is the hollow satisfaction of the killers worth all the pain and suffering caused?
In Africa, one word for now,
Another word for tomorrow,
But forty words for the past.
The elephants do not forget.
They stand close in a circle,
Turn the heaped pile of bones
This way and that, stroke
Leg-bone, thigh and skull,
Rub dust into their faces.
Sighing, they understand
The weight of grief,
How memory is carried.
(Poem: Ann Williams in Resurgence Magazine)
Is it not time for South Africa, the world, to take stock and reconsider its attitude towards the voiceless?
I implore you to give this kind of activity mindful attention and try to stop or at least curtail it.