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Trollip, personalities and companies come to SPCA Uitenhage's aid

Nov 1, 2018
Trollip, personalities and companies come to SPCA Uitenhage's aid

Former Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive Mayor, Athol Trollip, on Wednesday handed over more than R100 000 to the SPCA in Uitenhage.

"Several corporate donors assisted in getting this money together. This donation comes at a time where the SPCA has been without municipal contract funding for two months," he added.

   

Trollip said that mankind cannot exist without animals.

"Originally the relationship was primarily dependent upon simply existing and then it became a collaboration as a means of production. This relationship is now much more diverse, sophisticated and interdependent," he described.

Quoting Mahatma Gandhi, who once said “The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated”, Trollip added that this is why animal protection and animal anti-cruelty organizations are so critical in a modern society.

"Humans have in many instances lost respect for animals. This is most evident in big cities where population density results in anti-social behaviour. This behaviour often manifests in the abuse of animals both intentionally and unintentionally.

"Organizations like the SPCA have become our animal respect and care consciences, they remind us that animals are sentient beings and that they need to be treated as such. Not to mention that our pets are such important parts of our lives and how much love and respect they show us as humans," he described.

"It is for this reason that the City of Nelson Mandela Bay has contracted the SPCA to provide the many services related to animal care, control of animal abuse and management of stray and problem animals.

"Organizations like the SPCA are characterized by the passionate work and commitment of animal lovers. These animal lovers go out of their way and make enormous personal and financial sacrifices to ensure that animal abuse is monitored, minimized and that their unnecessary pain and suffering is prevented or mitigated."

'It's not a political intervention'

Trollip said that he has been enormously encouraged by the amazing commitment of all concerned with the care of animals and preventing cruelty in this City.

"It is for this reason that I teamed up with other high profile personalities to approach various corporate enterprises to donate desperately needed funds to the SPCA.

"The SPCA provides the only pound services to the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality (NMBMM) and it also provides daily and after hour services across the City to deal with neglected, abused, unwanted and stray animals. These animals once impounded, for their welfare and public safety reasons, need to be properly cared for and fed," he described.

"The expiry of the SPCA’s municipal contract, coupled with the subsequent non-payment to the SPCA and the ongoing need for this critically important service, does not mean that the service provided can simply be stopped. The SPCA management and staff need public support to continue this critical service and the animals need to be fed and cared for whilst the contract is renegotiated and officially re awarded.

"We are therefore most grateful for the corporate support received to date and appeal to all animal lovers and caring corporate organizations to assist in funding the SPCA in the interim and to allocate a share of their annual corporate social investment to all the animal care and anti-cruelty organizations in the City.

"Our neglect of animals in our care and those without care is a poor reflection on us as a society. This is not a political intervention, animals don’t vote, it is a compassionate human intervention to assist those that take care of animals in need and those that are neglected and abused."

Local company, Sovereign Foods also came to the aid of the SPCA with a R40 000 donation.

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