Three employees of the East London Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) have been suspended for “inhumanely slaughtering” a goose, which was all captured on video. The video of staff members slaughtering the injured goose emerged on social media over the weekend.
On Tuesday, 4 May, the National Council of SPCA said the organisation intends on laying charges of animal cruelty.
“It is a sad day in the world of animal welfare when the suffering of an animal has been inflicted by the very people entrusted to protect them,” said NSPCA Executive Director Marcelle Meredith.
DISCIPLINARY ENQUIRY INTO INHUMANE SLAUGHTER
Meredith added that the NSPCA has a high standard for SPCA members.
“Today, the NSPCA confirms that the three employees in the video have been suspended by the East London Managing Committee, pending a disciplinary enquiry into the inhumane slaughter and handling of the goose confiscated from a property in East London. Further to this, the NSPCA intends on laying charges of animal cruelty against the three members of staff identified.”
She added that apart from the cruelty witnessed in the video, the NSPCA has not lost sight of the fact that “the injured goose would have been confiscated by the SPCA for a reason”.
SPCA ENTRUSTED WITH PROTECTING ANIMALS
The NSPCA will conduct an independent investigation of the alleged cruelty reported to have taken place on the property where the goose was removed.
“The NSPCA has a high expectation for animal welfare when conducting inspections, however, it must be brought to light that we hold an even higher standard amongst our member societies,” said Meredith.
She added that the SPCA has been entrusted with the responsibility of protecting animals in the country, which is why it’s unacceptable for animals to be suffering at their hands.
“We have always said that it doesn’t matter who you are, whether you are a Minister or one of our very own, if you have contravened the Animals Protection Act, you will be dealt with accordingly,” she said.