The National Council of the SPCA says the City of Cape Town's rat extermination practices are inhumane.
This comes after the City begun a new strategy for catching rats using baited cages before drowning them.
Alwyn Marais, an inspector with the NSPCA’s Special Projects Unit, issued a warning to the city, saying the drowning of any animal was inhumane and in contravention of the Animal Protection Act.
Despite popular belief, rodents are also animals. Even if they are classified as vermin, they still have rights that protect them. Drowning them is illegal.— Alwyn Marais, NSPCA inspector
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He added that exterminating the rodents in that manner, without addressing the environmental conditions, would not solve the rat infestation problem in any community.
The City reportedly invested R750 000 in their rodent control strategy, which they rolled out in Khayelitsha last month.
In the past, the City would block-bait the rats with poison and the NSPCA has spoken out against the use of any rodenticides in the region.