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NSPCA pleased with outcome of JHB Zoo antelope debacle

Eight antelope imported from Prague Zoo in Czech Republic had to be put down to avoid disease threat.

FILE: Eight antelope imported from Prague Zoo in Czech Republic had to be put down to avoid disease threat. Picture: Wikimedia Commons.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Council of SPCA's ( NSPCA) has welcomed the decision by the Association of Zoos and Aquaria (PAAZAB) to temporarily suspend the international accreditation of the Johannesburg Zoo.

The decision was prompted after eight antelope imported from Prague Zoo in Czech Republic had to be put down because the necessary procedures were not followed when they were brought in.

The association has said the zoo will not be allowed to important any animals until the outcome of an intensive investigation to determine if the zoo may have contravened the ethics act.

Ainsley Hay from the Wildlife Unit of the NSPCA says the decision to euthanase the animals was the right one.

"If those animals were carrying a virus it could lead to the deaths of all of our livestock, all of our wildlife. So the entire tourism industry could have been threatened. It's tragic that those animals had to be put down, but there is the greater picture to look at."