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Farm owner faces charges after donkey skins, carcasses found on his property

The NSPCA and police raided the man's property in the Tosca area in the North West on Wednesday.

Picture: pixabay.com

JOHANNESBURG – A farm owner from the Tosca area in the North West has been charged with animal cruelty and contravening the Meat Safety Act after large quantities of donkey skins and carcasses were found on his property.

The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) and police raided the man's property on Wednesday.

The animal hides are understood to be used for medicinal purposes in China.

Last month, the NSPCA said donkeys were being rounded up, stolen and brutally slaughtered for their skins.

The council’s Nasereth Appalsamy says, “He will be charged, he won’t be arrested but he will be charged. He will be charged with animal cruelty, he will be charged with contraventions of the Meat Safety Act. And he might possibly be charged in terms of the Stock Theft Act.”

The donkeys had not been pre-stunned to render them unconscious prior to slaughter, the method of killing thus being in contravention of the Animals Protection Act, in terms of which, criminal charges are being laid.

It is confirmed that 10 donkeys had been slaughtered during the night of 28 February.