Lottery funding exclusion ‘inexcusable’, says NSPCA

The NSPCA warns the National Lottery excluding it from funding will have a devastating effect on animal welfare organisations.

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JOHANNESBURG - The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) warns the National Lottery excluding it from funding will have a devastating effect on animal welfare organisations.

The organisation’s Marcelle Meredith says the exclusion is short-sighted and inexcusable.

She says the lottery has never refused to fund any of their projects since the early 2000 and says she does not understand why animal welfare organisations are singled out of from receiving the funding.

Meredith says the NSPCA will be taking the matter as far as to Parliament on a quest to ensure transparency in terms of the National Lottery Commission's Income and Spending.

“We take great umbrage top this… There’s absolutely no reason. The public is handing out the money for the NGO, why suddenly single out animal welfare organisations. We are here helping, not only animals, but people as well.”

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)