Entries by Bronwyn Hayes

‘Why is it an essential service?’: Lockdown has not stopped slaughter of endangered sharks

Demersal shark longliners offer few jobs, harm biodiversity The fishing of hundreds of sharks a day is being allowed off Cape shores during lockdown, even though the industry provides relatively few jobs, harms marine biodiversity and offers no food security. “There is scientific data that shows demersal shark longlining is not sustainable. It is not properly enforced but it is taking place under lockdown,” says marine biologist Dr Enrico Gennari. “Why is it an essential service?” asks Gennari, the co-founder of Oceans Research Institute in Mossel Bay. “At most there are about 250 people employed by them. The construction industry employs […]

Dogs trained to protect wildlife have saved 45 rhinos from poachers in South Africa

The dogs, who vary from a beagle to bloodhound, began training from birth before working at 18 months-old at the Southern African Wildlife College in Greater Kruger National Park A pack of dogs that trained to protect wildlife have already saved 45 rhinos from poachers in South Africa. The dogs, who range from a beagle to bloodhound, began training from birth and learnt how to handle all the pressures of real operations before working at 18 months-old. Sean Viljoen, who is based in Cape Town, shared photographs of the dogs in action at the Southern African Wildlife College in Greater […]

How policing on horseback continues to be one of the most effective crime fighting tools

  Why do we need mounted police in 2020? Modern police have been quick to embrace technology, with body cameras recording arrests, computers able to pull up your details in seconds and drones equipped with lights and sirens flying around to monitor social distancing. But an ancient method of policing has retained its place despite the march of technology. The centuries-old police horse has re-emerged as an extremely effective crime-fighting tool, beyond just keeping the drunk and disorderly at bay. That is to say, they’re not just one-trick ponies. “If you’ve got one horse, it’s like having 10 coppers on […]

Emaciated captive bred lions found again at Slippers facilities

The National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) are in the process of laying animal cruelty charges in terms of the Animal Protection Act (APA), 71 of 1962, against Mr Walter Slippers, owner of two captive predator breeding facilities in Alldays, Limpopo. During inspections in April and May 2020, the NSPCA found deplorable conditions with underweight lions, lack of adequate shelter, lack of veterinary treatment, as well as unhygienic and small enclosures. Slippers has 72 lions on his farm that is in liquidation and he allegedly feeds them one giraffe every two to three weeks. On 12 May 2020, the NSPCA was […]

Lockdown: Caracal spotted strolling the streets of Simon’s Town

Locals were given a once-in-a-lifetime experience after spotting the elusive caracal as it walked through the Murdock Valley. A caracal was spotted casually strolling the main road in Murdock Valley, Simon’s Town earlier on Tuesday 12 May.    Yolandé Oelsen, a Facebook member of the Simon’s Town Community page shared the incredible images of the rare sighting.  “‘As die kat weg is, is die muis baas.’ No wait… That’s not right. If the humans are in lockdown, the cat is boss. I finally saw this beautiful resident this morning. He came walking calmly down the road, into the undergrowth and appeared […]

Level 4 lockdown: Can you adopt an animal yet?

Potential adopters are being turned away from animal organisations who are unsure whether they can adopt animals or not. There is much confusion among animal welfare groups as to whether adoption is permitted under Level 4 restrictions. The Covid-19 lockdown in South Africa has affected us all. Now imagine knowing there are people out there wanting to give you a second chance but you can’t go to your new forever home? This is the life of thousands of animals in shelters across the nation. Frustration grows as eager community members are dumbfounded as to why animal adoptions are not allowed. […]

Covid-19: Support local animal shelters during the lockdown

FOURWAYS – Although it’s the humans in lockdown, dogs and cats are also in need during this difficult time. Here is how three Fourways-based shelters are dealing with the lockdown and how you can help. As nearly 60 million South Africans bunker down as much as possible during a national lockdown in order to fight the spread of Covid-19, thousands of animals in shelters and rescues are also being affected. The Fourways Review reached out to three locally-based animal shelters to find out what measures they have put in place for the lockdown, how things are going and how the public can […]

Pet welfare during Covid-19

JOBURG – The South African Veterinary Association shares tips on on pet health during the lockdown. Veterinarians, being the custodians of animal health and welfare in South Africa, have been designated as essential service providers. The South African Veterinary Association has provided guidelines for veterinarians, assisting them in determining which services have been deemed necessary. If animal owners are concerned about the health of their animals, it is important to first call the veterinary clinic to discuss the concern and if deemed necessary by the consulting veterinarian to take the animal to the clinic, maintaining social distancing at all times. […]

Baby leatherback sea turtles thriving due to COVID-19 beach restrictions

Baby leatherback sea turtles are doing better than they have in years, now that many humans are opting (or being ordered) to stay off beaches due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  On one beach in Thailand, for instance, environmentalists have found 11 leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) nests since November, the largest number of nests found there in the past two decades, according to The Guardian.  Likewise, on Florida’s 9.5-mile-long (15 kilometers) Juno Beach, marine life researchers found 76 leatherback sea turtle nests, a significant increase compared with the number of nests at this time last year, The Guardian reported. Beach closures and shelter-in-place […]

Shenzhen becomes first Chinese city to ban eating cats and dogs

Shenzhen has become the first Chinese city to ban the sale and consumption of dog and cat meat. It comes after the coronavirus outbreak was linked to wildlife meat, prompting Chinese authorities to ban the trade and consumption of wild animals. Shenzhen went a step further, extending the ban to dogs and cats. The new law will come into force on 1 May. Thirty million dogs a year are killed across Asia for meat, says Humane Society International (HSI). However, the practice of eating dog meat in China is not that common – the majority of Chinese people have never […]