Concerns about aardvark hunting in Free State

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The Animal Protection Association (DPA) in Bloemfontein is concerned about the high incidence of illegal aardvark hunting in the Free State.

This comes after the Bloemfontein and Virginia SPCA responded on Thursday to an incident in which an aardvark and a porcupine were hunted in the Ventersburg area.

Reinet Meyer, chief inspector of the SPCA in Bloemfontein, says two suspects were caught with the two carcasses on the N1.

“They were on foot in the direction of the Ventersburg area after which they were arrested by members of Destea (nature conservation) on charges of animal abuse and the violation of the Free State nature conservation ordinance and Nemba laws respectively.”

Meyer says the aardvark is an iconic South African animal and is listed as an endangered species.

“I find it extremely worrying that these animals are constantly being hunted. This is the third incident in one month.

“We as South Africans have a responsibility to preserve our wildlife for future generations,” says Meyer.

The two suspects will remain in custody and are expected to make their first appearance in the Ventersburg Magistrate’s Court soon.

The Bloemfontein SPCA thanked the SPCA in Virginia, Destea and the Ventersburg police station for their invaluable contribution to the successful arrests of the suspects.