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SPCA lay charges following Western Cape shocking seal abuse video

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The West Coast SPCA has laid charges against two men following shocking seal abuse video.

 

The Swartland & West Coast SPCA has officially laid charges against two young men allegedly involved in the horrific abuse of a Cape Fur seal pup caught on camera.

SPCA chairwoman Colette Mang released a media statement on Tuesday stating that they were able to identify the man who allegedly attacked the seal as well as the man filming the disturbing two-minute clip with the help of “concerned citizens”.

“On Monday 11 June 2018 we were alerted to a video that depicted the horrific beating and stabbing of a poor little baby seal. We, as were many members of the public who saw the video on social media, were sickened at this blatant display of cruelty.”

The horrific animal abuse allegedly took place in Velddrif, a coastal fishing town in the Bergrivier Local Municipality, Western Cape, South Africa.

“As a result we have been able to gather enough evidence to lay charges in terms of the Animal Protection Act 71 of 1962 against Marius Tredoux who is the man seen on the video abusing the seal. Charges have also been laid against Rynard van der Heever who filmed the appalling scene.

The charges against Marius Tredoux are obvious as he can be seen beating and hitting the baby seal, however Rynard van der Heever is as guilty in terms of the Act as he did nothing to stop the violent abuse.”

The SPCA are confident that justice will be served. In a further bid to strengthen their case, they have asked that members of the public go to their local police station and make a statement (signed and stamped by the police) that requests of the court that the highest possible penalty is imposed at sentencing.

“It is imperative that this original copy is then posted to us for use during proceedings.”

“Help us get justice for this poor animal. We do not know what the fate of the seal was as it seems that the scene was filmed in December 2017.”

To report any animal abuse (even if seen on social media). Please contact the SPCA via email (nspca@nspca.co.za) or telephone (011 – 907 3590) or even social media.


Sources: SPCA
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5 Comments

  1. SB

    June 17, 2018 at 2:11 am

    What evil. Who commits such a horrific act? Add to that fact that it was a defenseless baby. Can you imagine how they treat women or children? Both of these sociopaths should be neutered and thrown in prison with rats.

  2. Jennifer stephenson

    June 19, 2018 at 5:04 pm

    Any update on the seal killer?

  3. Jennifer stephenson

    June 19, 2018 at 5:04 pm

    Any update regarding the baby seal case?

  4. Jennifer stephenson

    June 19, 2018 at 5:06 pm

    Update please

  5. The Good Things Guy

    The Good Things Guy

    June 20, 2018 at 7:20 am

    UPDATE ON THE SEAL BEATING CASE:

    The case will still take time to get to the courts but Advocate Yvette Isaacs has offered her services free of charge to pursue justice in this case. She is an advocate of the high court and member of the Cape Bar. Advocate Isaacs was previously a State Advocate and managed the Environment Crime Prosecuting Unit as such prosecuting crimes against animals was her speciality.

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