- Cape Town’s vacationer attraction, Monkey Town has been issued with a warning by the SPCA.
- The organisation mentioned the centre was discovered to have violated 14 clauses of the Animal Protection Act.
- Monkey Town has rubbished the allegations made towards them.
Cape Town’s vacationer attraction, Monkey Town in Somerset West, has rubbished allegations made by the Cape of Good Hope SPCA after the organisation inspected the centre the place they discovered 14 violations of the Animal Protection Act.
According to the SPCA, that they had obtained an nameless tip-off from the general public, which resulted in them investigating the premises.
SPCA spokesperson Belinda Abraham advised News24 their inspector Werner Taljaard along with Wildlife Officer Jon Friedman, had gone to the property final week and located 14 violations of the Animal Protection Act.
“Some of the violations are that not all the animals had access to potable drinking water. Potable drinking water must be provided for all animals. One of the donkey’s hooves were severely overgrown and in poor condition. The donkey must be examined and treated by a farrier within 48 hours. The centre must provide a report to the SPCA within the given timeframe,” mentioned Abraham.
The feminine donkey at Monkey Town.
She additionally added that they noticed mongoose lemurs ‘scratching themselves excessively’. A veterinarian should look at these animals inside 48 hours, and a report offered to the SPCA inside the given timeframe.
“The substrate in the African pygmy hedgehog enclosure was found to be wet and odorous with fly larva (maggots) observed crawling inside the substrate. The enclosure must be cleaned on a regular basis, and the substrate must be replaced on a regular basis,” added the SPCA.
“Brown capuchin monkeys do not have access to sufficient protection or shelter from heat, cold or weather. They must provide sufficient protection or shelter from heat, cold or weather must be provided within seven days,” she mentioned.
She additionally added that the enclosure by which the macaw parrots are housed shouldn’t be sufficient. The part lacks peak and enough house for these birds to specific pure flying behaviour.
The cockatoo utilizing the meals enrichment offered to him at Monkey Town
“The macaw parrots must be moved to another enclosure that affords adequate height and sufficient space within seven days,” Abraham added.
The proprietor of Monkey Town Rene Grobler, advised News24 that their workers at all times accompany any inspectors on a go to via the park.
Grobler mentioned their supervisor was advised by the SPCA inspectors on arrival final week that they, “… would like to walk through the park on their own.”
“We were not allowed to speak to the inspectors during their visit.”
Grobler mentioned that when this was talked about to the SPCA in writing afterwards, they have been suggested that, “… had your staff had the courtesy to accompany our inspectors, then they would have seen what the concerns were and could have taken their own photo and video evidence.
“How may we do this after they advised us to not accompany them,” she asked.
She added that as a rule, all their animals were provided with fresh drinking water twice a day.
And [this happens] more often during the extreme heat of the past few days. We have old cement water ponds that have been discontinued for use in most enclosures. This has been the case for the last 12 years and has been evident with all previous SPCA inspections.
Grobler added that most of the animal’s water is in stainless steel containers at the back of their enclosures, where it is in the shade the entire day.
“To insinuate that our animals do not have water is fake. The SPCA had taken footage of an empty water pond when there’s extra freshwater meters away [that] shouldn’t be honest, in our opinion. The enclosure they took an image of has two water ponds, and the opposite was crammed. We shall be eradicating these cement ponds completely to stop the general public and the SPCA from pondering that there must be water in them,” she said.
The animal centre said some of the animal’s food and water was placed in their sleeping rooms at the back of their enclosures and is not visible to the public at all.
“We do agree with the SPCA that our feminine miniature donkey is obese. We have had consultations with our vet since 2020 to handle this difficulty. Our vet is coming for a go to on Monday to examine on the well being of our donkeys. Our farrier can be visiting on Saturday to take care of the hooves of the donkey,” she said.
Grobler added that they had requested their farrier to have a set appointment to do the hooves every eight to 10 weeks in future.
The closed pump home at Monkey Town.
“We had the State Veterinarian at our premises this week as a result of we would have liked to be issued our Public Display License. We handed so many of those points that the SPCA raised, but we have been issued our Public Display License, so we’re very involved as to why the SPCA has now logged these allegations towards us,” said Grobler.
Addressing the complaints that mongoose lemurs were scratching themselves excessively, she said: “We instantly made an appointment at [the] Cape Exotic Animal Hospital. They have come again to us saying there are not any pores and skin points in any respect with our mongoose lemurs,” she added.
Discussing their pygmy hedgehogs Grobler mentioned preparations have been made for an additional wildlife centre to take them in.
“We organized this earlier than the SPCA got here to examine the premises. The public is dropping them off with us as they’re unlawful to have as pets within the Western Cape. We are ready on our Cape Nature allow to maneuver them to the opposite centre.”
Grobler added that some enclosures need attention, but would take time to restore.
“We have had a troublesome two years simply making an attempt to outlive Covid, and it’ll take us a really very long time to get better financially. It should be famous; we didn’t obtain one criticism from the SPCA that any of our animals have been malnourished or underfed. We have been doing our utmost to supply our animals with one of the best care with our restricted funds and can work hand-in-hand with the SPCA to unravel all points raised. We need to be handled pretty by them,” added Grobler.
The SPCA has given the animal centre seven days to remedy the violations.
“We shall be again on the centre subsequent week for follow-ups. Should we not be glad with the circumstances of the animals and their residing areas, expenses of animal cruelty when it comes to the Animal Protection Act No.71 of 1962 might be introduced towards them,” mentioned Abraham.
According to the SPCA, a responsible verdict may discover the centre going through a advantageous of R40 000 or 12-months imprisonment, and being denied animal possession for a time frame decided by a Justice of the Peace.
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