JHB Zoo could face further action
The NSPCA says if the zoo is found to have breached the ethics code it will be a serious offence.
JOHANNESBURG - The Johannesburg Zoo may face further action if it's found to have breached an ethics code when importing eight antelope.
The zoo has already been suspended by the Association of Zoos and Aquaria (PAAZAB) after importing the antelope with no legal documentation.
It was feared that the animals may carry infectious diseases and they were put down.
The National Council of SPCA (NSPCA)'s head of wildlife, Ainsley Hay, says if the zoo is found to have breached the code, it will be a serious offense.
"It's not about sentencing and it's not about the breach of a law but it's about ethics. Their membership could be removed which has repercussions in terms of their trading with animals and if they can import or export animals to other facilities."
Yesterday NSPCA welcomed the decision by the PAAZAB to temporarily suspend the international accreditation of the zoo.
Hay added that the decision to put down the animals was the right one.