Control methods vs. Legislation (4)

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Illegal hunting with dogs

GUIDELINES:  ILLEGAL DOG HUNTING

Agri SA’s Rural Safety Committee recently spent considerable time discussing the problem of illegal hunting with dogs.  Although this is a growing problem, land owners should take extreme care in their actions that could make them liable for prosecution:

The following practical guidelines were compiled:

  • Gathering of evidence and protecting the crime scene by:
  • Keeping evidence of the crime scene uncontaminated until recorded and collected by police, e.g. vehicle tracks, suspect and animal spoor.
  • Ensuring that there are no further suspects in the area.
  • Protecting evidence that may be destroyed.
  • Entry point, open gate, damage fence.
  • No eating, drinking or smoking at the crime scene.
  • Gathering names and addresses of possible witnesses.
  • Not discussing facts with witnesses.
  • Making notes on position of vehicles, suspects, dogs, gates, fences etc.
  • Where possible, take photographs of vehicles, dogs and suspects.
  • Nature Conservation Organisations should immediately be involved and to assist with complaints with illegal hunting.
  • Get the nearest SPCA involved who can also deal with the confiscation of dogs.
  • Farmer Associations should involve the local National Prosecuting Authority at their meetings, where assistance on how to deal with issues of illegal hunting should be discussed.
  • Get involved with the local police and Sector Community Policing Forum.
  • Utilise the Local Priority Committee to develop action plans to deal with the problem, such as patrols and increase awareness programmes.
  • In the event of damages caused by dogs, land owners must also open a case of malicious damage to property and insists on a compensatory fine declaring the value of the property.
  • If hunting was previously permitted and the land owner now wishes to cease hunting, a legal procedure should be followed to inform neighbours, tenants, community members etc that it will no longer be permitted.

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Rondloperdiere in Munisipale areas

Port Alfred en Alexandria in die Ooskaap was in die middel van ‘n hofgeding nadat ‘n suksesvolle hofbevel teen die Ndlambe Munisipaliteit, die Munisipale Bestuurder en die Uitvoerende Burgemeester verkry is om regulasies t.o.v. die aanhouding van diere binne woongebiede van die Munisipaliteit en op munisipale meentgrond en oop ruimtes, af te dwing.  Herhaalde versoeke oor baie jare oor die onbeheerste instroming van diere in residensiële gebiede wat tot ‘n verhoogde risiko vir oordraging van dieresiektes na naburige kommersiële plase, het min aksie ontlok.  Verder is die risiko’s wat rondloperhonde aan motoriste en privaateiendom inhou voor die hand liggend.

 

Die hofbevel is aan Agri Ooskaap en vier (4) ander aansoekers toegestaan en word daar gehoop dat dit as basis vir onderhandelinge gebruik sal word deurdat Agri Ooskaap se geaffilieerde landbouverenigings in ‘n posisie gestel sal word om met hul onderskeie munisipaltieite te kommunikeer.  Hopelik sal dit verseker om soortgelyke regstellingsplanne binne soortgelyke probleme sonder onnodige regsaksie op te los.  Lees volledige media verklaring deur Agri Ooskaap - AfrikaansEngels. 

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