Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Animal activists up in arms after shooting of leopard

Animal activists up in arms after shooting of leopard


By Dineo Matomela


YET another leopard was shot dead in Baviaanskloof last week.


The female leopard was shot after it had been caught in a gin trap and suffered injuries to its toes.


The shooting has angered Landmark Foundation director Bool Smuts who said the leopard could easily have been saved. Smuts said the leopard was the 18th killed in the last three-and-a-half years in the region between Tsitsikamma and Addo.


He said a rescue service was available which could have been used to save the animal. Included in the programme, run by the foundation, are helicopter flights, veterinarians and care facilities.


Smuts said consumers had to join forces to bring an end to the production of gin traps, which also ensnared sheep and kudu.


Environmental officer for the western region Gerrie Ferreira said an investigation into the accident would continue.


Ferreira said there had been numerous complaints about predators on the farm where the leopard was killed and the shooter was an animal control hunter on the farm.


However, a permit was required to shoot the leopard. Transgression could lead to a fine and even imprisonment.


“We will ascertain what happened and decide whether to prosecute,” he said.

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to more than 100 big cats

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