‘Participants in driven hunt acted legally’
Environmental Affairs in Limpopo says it's satisfied that the hunters acted humanely.
JOHANNESBURG - The Limpopo Environmental Affairs Department says the animals killed in a driven hunt at three farms in Alldays, in Limpopo on Monday, was not a massacre and the hunters acted legally.
The National Council of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) and Ban Animal Trading South Africa have called the hunt a massacre.
Wild animals including antelope, baboon and warthog were gunned down by international hunters.
The department's Simon Matume says there was nothing untoward and inspectors are satisfied that the hunters acted humanely.
"We have got tourists who are professional hunters, we have got valid licences and we asked 'is it true that you are massacring our animals', they said 'no ways'."
On Tuesday, the NSPCA said it has a warrant to gain access to three farms over the next four days, after at least 18 animals were killed during a planned 'driven hunt'.