RIGHTS ORGANISATION APPEALS TO PUBLIC FOR HELP TO STOP KILLINGS ON ROBBEN
Rights Africa (ARA) is outraged at the illegitimate killing of the deer,
rabbits and guinea fowl, which have populated the Island for centuries and
form an integral part of its heritage.
has had access to the Robben Island Museum objectionable animal “eradication”
plan and we confident there are more pro-active, sustainable and humane
solutions to the problems of environmental degradation and these measures
will also preserve the heritage of the Island for future generations and
The more humane and compassionate representations and proposals by ARA and
others – including a request for a moratorium on the killing- to those
who control the Island and the entities advising them, have fallen on deaf
ears. We believe that Robben Island management have not been properly advised,
have not adequately applied their minds or have not consulted appropriately.
We believe the SPCA has also erred in this matter.
has already sought the assistance of the Office of the Public Protector
and the National Prosecuting Authority. “We are appealing to the public
to assist us as we would like to take legal action to prevent the management
of the Robben Island Museum from executing the ill-advised contract they
have entered into to kill the animals. This inhumane action and methodology,
which has arisen solely as a consequence of the mismanagement of the national
and international heritage site, is in contravention of Section 2 of the
Animals Protection Act” said ARA spokesperson, Steve Smit.
ironic that globally this Island has come to symbolize victory over injustice
and symbolism, and Nelson Mandela has said that for him the Island is now
“a symbol of the finest qualities of the human spirit, rather than
as a monument to the brutal tyranny and oppression of apartheid. It is true
that Robben Island was once a place of darkness, but out of that darkness
has come a wonderful brightness, a light so powerful that it could not be
hidden behind prison walls…” but it seems that the Robben Island
Management is determined to desecrate this internationally acclaimed heritage
site and once again turn it into a place of oppression, injustice, exploitation,
suffering and death.
For more information contact:
Steve Smit +27 (0) 82 659 4711
ARA email - email@example.com
ARA website – www.animalrightsafrica.org