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Starving SANDF horses euthanised

On Monday 7 May 2018, the South Africa's National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) confirmed that they will be laying criminal charges against those responsible for the starvation of dozens of horses at the South African Army Special Infantry Capability (SAASIC) unit.

NSPCA inspectors found 169 horses at the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) unit in Potchefstroom, living under horrific conditions. Twenty five of the animals had to be put down to prevent further suffering.

In 2016 the NSPCA signed a memorandum of agreement with the SANDF regarding the treatment and care of animals, an agreement that the SANDF failed to adhere to on numerous occasions.

In a statement the NSPCA said the following: "Their failure to secure suitably qualified personnel or adequate facilities, combined with a non-empathetic infrastructure that has repeatedly failed the animals in their care, has resulted in a complete breakdown in the welfare conditions afforded to the horses. The main herd had no food; the horses had no other option but to eat soil and their own faeces. Food was only provided to the horses after the NSPCA forced the SAASIC unit into taking emergency action to secure adequate feed for the animals due to process restrictions."


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