NSPCA to intervene in Limpopo’s ‘driven hunt’

At least 18 wild animals including antelope, baboon and warthog were gunned down by international hunters.

FILE: Driven hunting is a popular form of hunting in Europe, where the animals are chased down a cleared two kilometre stretch of land towards the hunters, who are waiting on a platform to take their shot. Picture: Freeimages.com.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Council of Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) says it has a warrant to gain access to three farms around Alldays in Limpopo over the next four days after at least 18 animals were killed during a planned 'driven hunt'.

The NSPCA and Ban Animal Trading South Africa have called the hunt a massacre, where wild animals including antelope, baboon and warthog were gunned down by international hunters.

It's a popular form of hunting in Europe, where the animals are chased down a cleared two kilometre stretch of land towards the hunters who are waiting on platform to take their shot.

The NSPCA's Ainsley Hay says driven hunting is not illegal in South Africa but it's clearly unethical.

"It is legal unfortunately, but it's legal by omission. This has never happened in South Africa before so it's never been legislated."

She says there is no way for the animal to escape the gunshots and the hunters usually need several shots to make a kill.

"Basically the animals are chased by beaters towards this cleared area and then the hunters shoot them."