emphasised that (contrary to the statement of Mr Boswell) the solitude of Opal
has been a contentious issue for many years, this matter having been drawn to
the attention of Mr Boswell. Appeals have been made, pointing out the suffering
and cruelty taking place at his facility, amply demonstrated by the plight of
the sole Orang-utan Opal, alone in her bare enclosure. Therefore the
issue/campaign is neither sudden nor a publicity stunt.
It is not
correct to state, as Mr Boswell does, that the petition and/or campaign were
started by the National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA). Both were initiated by the
Kloof and Highway SPCA. This is a relevant point of order in that both these
organisations are independently registered and autonomous Non Profit
Organisations in South Africa. The NSPCA places on record our support for the
petition and campaign as organised and operated by the Kloof and Highway SPCA.
We shall be assisting them on this matter and in this case.
confirmed that the Facebook page of the Kloof and Highway SPCA does appeal for
funds which are stated to be specifically "utilised for the fight to have Opal
relocated” and includes the proviso that "if, for some reason we are not
successful, all the money will be refunded.” The Boswell
statement makes reference to the release of elephant Thandora in 2013. She had
been at the zoo in Bloemfontein for 24 years. After a rehabilitation programme
to help her adapt to the wild, Thandora died of a bacterial infection: -
botulism poisoning, a condition unrelated to her release. The claim that she
died "of questionable causes” is incorrect and therefore misleading and a
refuted that Opal "is comfortable in her environment.” The visuals of her
isolation, undoubted loneliness and misery are clear for all to see.
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