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Police unit opens case against CapeNature over lion cub euthanasia

5 December 2019 11:02 AM
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CapeNature has come under fire after it emerged that it euthanised the lion cub which was rescued from an Athlone home in August.

The South African Police Service has confirmed that a case against CapeNature has been opened at the Wellington police station.

The local conservation body has come under fire after it emerged that it euthanised the lion cub which was rescued from a home in Athlone earlier this year.

RELATED: CapeNature slammed for putting down 'Simba', the lion cub found at Athlone home

Police spokesperson Brigadier Novela Potelwa has told CapeTalk that a case was opened by the police's Stock Theft unit.

It was the unit that rescued the lion cub during a police operation in August before handing it over to CapeNature.

The unit later learnt that the animal was put down, without any consultation.

They subsequently opened a case in terms of the Criminal Procedure Act and the National Environmental Management Act, Potelwa explains.

According to Potelwa, the lion cub was part of the evidence in the ongoing investigation and court matter.

Without consultation, we got to know that the lion cub was put down... There was supposed to ve consultation with SAPS.

Brigadier Novela Potelwa, Head Of Corporate Communication at SAPS Western Cape

Members of the Western Cape Stock Theft unit found the lion cub in Athlone.

Brigadier Novela Potelwa, Head Of Corporate Communication at SAPS Western Cape

We [SAPS] do not have the necessary capabilities to keep such an animal, in terms of cages, veterinary services.

Brigadier Novela Potelwa, Head Of Corporate Communication at SAPS Western Cape

On the 21st of August, the lion cub was handed over to CapeNature. We thought it was in the best interest.

Brigadier Novela Potelwa, Head Of Corporate Communication at SAPS Western Cape

Listen to the police spokesperson on Today with Kieno Kammies:


5 December 2019 11:02 AM
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