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Is the SPCA doing as much as it says it is?

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Is the SPCA doing as much as it says it is?

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) is a self-proclaimed safe haven for all unwanted animals, however, the rumours of their euthanization solution makes me wonder if they are what they once were.

As an animal lover, I have always been mindful of animal organisations that have pledged to take care of unwanted or homeless animals. I have done immense research in finding shelters where I can dedicate my time, which includes the SPCA. The SPCA is run worldwide, with some locations adopting the mentality of “expired animals.” This is when an animal is allowed to stay on their premise for a certain amount of time, in hopes of being adopted. If they are not adopted, they will be euthanized.

The SPCA’s website stated, “For over 60 years, the NSPCA has been protecting our country’s animals. We prevent cruelty, promote kindness and alleviate the suffering of animals. Our objective is to serve and protect ALL animals, to uplift their welfare and to ensure that the protection they have under South African law is upheld and respected.”

How true is this statement? Social media is riddled with posts from the SPCA about abandoned animals that need to be rehomed by a certain date or they will be put down. How inhumane is that? People have argued that it is because there is no space left at the various SPCAs, however, many organisations live by the ethos of never putting down an animal if they are fit to live a happy and healthy life.

I have chosen to continue to support the SPCA by donating my time and effort, purely for my love of animals. I do, however, think it is important to make their ‘death penalty’ solution known to the public, so that it is not a viable option moving forward.

Sayushka Naidoo
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