Owl Battles: Who Has Alex's Residents Best Interest At Heart?

Following denials by EcoSolutions' Jonathan Haw of abuse and owl mutilation at the Alexandra roll out of the City of Joburg's Owl Box Project, the Owl Rescue Centre has come out to confirm they in fact are often called up to address and rescue these owls.

Director and Founder of the Owl Rescue Centre, Brendan Murray responded to 702's John Robbie:

We aren't at war with EcoSolutions, we're just against the project whereby they just released those owls in Alex. But not only in Alex, but the way they've handled the project and the way that the owls are sold off in these projects. If you can release owls out in Alex and it works, it would be a lovely idea, but the unfortunate thing is when those owls get injured and killed, we're the organisation that gets called to come and fetch those owls. It's an ongoing problem. We've been dealing with EcoSolutions for the last two years now and we've been telling them about all these calls we've been getting about injured owls.

When asked why the SPCA doesn't receive similar 'owl rescue' calls, proving abuse of said owls by residents in Alex, Murray responded with:

They're in a little bit of denial at the moment. There was an issue on the 16th of September where an owl was picked up with its legs cut off at a school in Alex and on their (EcoSolutions) Facebook page and in the media, they deny that an owl was picked up. We've got a letter from Isabel Wentzel, sent on the same day - she's the National Senior Inspector at the NSPCA - confirming that the Sandton SPCA had in fact picked up that owl.

There have meanwhile also been reports that the Owl Rescue Centre is operating while unlicensed:

We've been blocked from getting a permit in Gauteng and we're actually moving to the North West at the end of this month, we've applied for permits there and so far, it looks okay. To clarify - we do work under another rehab centre clinic which is legal.

CapeTalk welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the CapeTalk community a safe and welcoming space for all.

CapeTalk reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

CapeTalk is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
Major medical breakthrough: New gene pegged as cause of heart attacks in youth

Major medical breakthrough: New gene pegged as cause of heart attacks in youth

This is being called the biggest medical advancement in South African cardiology since Dr Chris Barnard's first heart transplant.

Parents urged to check tertiary institutions are legit before registering kids

Parents urged to check tertiary institutions are legit before registering kids

The Council on Higher Education says parents need to be wary of the increasing number of fly-by-night tertiary institutions.

New app to detect hearing loss

New app to detect hearing loss

University of Pretoria has developed a new app which uses a smartphone to detect hearing loss.

What we can expect from SABC after inquiry consolidates

What we can expect from SABC after inquiry consolidates

SABC's leadership and parliament has come under fire since the inquiry into the board's fitness to hold office.

LISTEN: Radio veterans, Gordhan, sports stars, celebs say bye to John Robbie

LISTEN: Radio veterans, Gordhan, sports stars, celebs say bye to John Robbie

John Robbie's 30-year run in radio has come to an end with friends, callers and colleagues wishing him a heartfelt goodbye.

2016 news wrap: A look back at the stories that grabbed SA's attention

2016 news wrap: A look back at the stories that grabbed SA's attention

Barry Bateman spoke to Stephen Grootes to unpack the meaning behind the stories that dominated the headlines in 2016.

Popular articles
LISTEN: Gerrie Nel on why he's persuing prosecution against Duduzane Zuma

LISTEN: Gerrie Nel on why he's persuing prosecution against Duduzane Zuma

AfriForum will prosecute Duduzane Zuma after NPA declined to do so in 2015 following a 2014 accident where a woman died.

How we invented the modern concept of sleep

How we invented the modern concept of sleep

Dr Bodhisattva Kar reveals how industrial capitalism influenced the world's current sleep patterns.

Hassen Adams (he brought Burger King and Dunkin’ Donuts to SA) talks money

Hassen Adams (he brought Burger King and Dunkin’ Donuts to SA) talks money

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Adams about his attitude to money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.).

Kloof Street residents living in fear as crime multiplies

Kloof Street residents living in fear as crime multiplies

A Cape Town man was stabbed to death on Saturday while trying to assist two women who were being mugged on Kloof street.

‘I started my thriving business with R5000 (and made a profit in the 1st month)’

‘I started my thriving business with R5000 (and made a profit in the 1st month)’

After 3 years there are 3 Nic Harry stores (incl online) that sell 100 000 pairs of socks in over 20 countries around the world.