NSPCA shuts down illegal slaughterhouses

File: A team including members of the NSPCA and the Roodepoort SPCA offices uncovered neglect and cruelty as well as unsanitary illegal slaughterhouses on the farm. Photo: Public Domain

JOHANNESBURG - The NSPCA laid criminal charges against the owners of a property in Protea Glen where an operation revealed an illegal slaughterhouse which supplied rotten chicken carcasses for public consumption.

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A team, including members of the NSPCA and the Roodepoort SPCA offices, uncovered neglect and cruelty as well as unsanitary illegal slaughterhouses on the farm.

A total of 32 dogs were seized in terms of the Animals Protection Act and taken to a place of safety for veterinary treatment. The majority of the dogs were pit bull terriers. 

Two sheep had to be humanely euthanased on veterinary advice. Inspectors had to break the locks of an outhouse to reach them.

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The “abattoirs” on the property were unregistered and therefore operating illegally.

Inside these facilities, inspectors discovered dead and dying chickens being processed in filthy conditions.

Information obtained at the scene revealed that the chickens were being made available for sale.

In addition to cruelty issues involving the handling and method of slaughter of the chickens, serious issues relating to public health arose and were reported. 

Large quantities of cannabis plants were being cultivated on the property, the SAPS were alerted and the plants were seized under instruction of the SAPS.

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