South Africa’s Animal Welfare organisation (SPCA) on Wednesday, confirmed the closure of an illegal chicken slaughterhouse in Protea Glen, Soweto, for selling rotten meat to the public.
An extensive investigation by the Roodepoort SPCA and the National Council of SPCAs led to the arrest of the owners of the property in Soweto, on Friday.
SPCA spokesperson Wendy Willson, in a statement released on Wednesday, disclosed that the organization also rescued about 32 dogs being fed with the rotten chicken.
Wilson related that the organization was astonished by the level of animal cruelty going on in the slaughterhouse. He said most of the dogs rescued were pit bull terriers infested with parasites and living amid piles of their own faeces.
“The dogs were tick, flea and worm infested and many of them had untreated injuries as well as other conditions and illnesses. Inspectors found dead and dying chickens being processed in filthy conditions,” he added.
Worst of all, Wilson disclosed that after a thorough search and an organized investigation, the SPCA found that the “abattoirs” on the property were unregistered and operating illegally.
More so, he added that “Information obtained at the scene revealed that the chickens were for sale to the unsuspecting public in Johannesburg.”
The SPCA spokesperson added that the organization aired its deep concern when it found that women and children were living between the Protea Glen slaughterhouse buildings and the abattoir waste.
With these, the SPCA announced in the statement that it has laid criminal charges against the owners of the property.
Meanwhile, the chief executive of the South African Poultry Association has revealed that 50,000 South Africans will soon lose their jobs as a result of a direct consequence of poultry imports.
Reports making the rounds had it that one of South Africa’s largest chicken producers – Rainbow Chicken – will be selling off 15 of its farms based in Hammarsdale, KwaZulu-Natal at the end of January.