FACTS MATTER – NSPCA a Rabid Animal Rights Organization


The NSPCA has recently been in the news with regard to, especially, the shipment of live sheep out of South Africa to the Middle East. The NSPCA opposes these shipments on the grounds that it is ‘cruel’ to ship live animals by sea. Nowhere do they define what they mean by ‘cruel’.

Sheep are an important product of South African agriculture and the demand (in the case of these sheep) is for the delivery of live animals to the market destination. The only way to get large numbers of sheep to this marketplace is by sea. It should also be noted that shipment of live sheep by sea is not a new enterprise. The procedures have been well tested and approved in the past. And it would certainly be bad business practice if they were all to die at sea.

Dictionaries declare that for something (or some action) to be cruel the perpetrator has to exhibit some purposeful INTENT for an animal to experience pain and suffering. And that is definitely NOT the case with the shipping of these sheep.

The real issue, however, has nothing to do with whether or not shipping sheep by sea is cruel. It has, instead, everything to do with the current NSPCA’s ideology.

Traditionally, the NSPCA supports animal welfare. Animal Welfare Organisations approve man’s traditional uses of animals – like using a horse to pull a cart – or the killing of an ox to obtain meat to eat – provided no cruelty is involved in either case.

By contrast, Animal Rights Organisations oppose ALL uses of animals by man. They are particularly opposed to killing an animal. Indeed, it is the animal rightists’ purpose to ABOLISH all animal uses by man.

Many problems relating to the NSPCA revolve around the fact that the NSPCA, although constituted as an Animal Welfare Organisation, actually functions, more often than not, in accordance with its CEO’s animal rightist beliefs. This is not surprising, given the fact that the CEO of the NSPCA, Marcelle Meredith, spent fifteen years as a Director of the international Animal Rights organisation, WAP (World Animal Protection). And she did this whilst still serving as CEO of the NSPCA. So, every day of her life, Meredith wears two juxtaposed hats. I think that she has to be constantly reminded which hat she has on her head.
Meredith has also received significant donations from the Humane Society of the United States, one of the biggest animal rights organisations in the world – which also trained the NSPCA’s inspectors (at no cost). So, the NSPCA is beholden to HSUS.

In my opinion, the time is long past that South African society should demand a government inquiry into the rights and wrongs of South Africa’s NSPCA. On the one hand, government supports both the NSPCA and the Department of Environmental Affairs whilst, on the other hand the NSPCA contradicts everything that the DEA is trying to achieve.

Ron Thomson.



Ron Thomson

I am NOT a ‘trophy hunter’ - and never have been. I am not involved in the trophy hunting safari business. I am also not a game rancher. But I have ‘administratively controlled’ professional hunters and safari outfitters in my capacity as a government game warden. I am an 80 year old ex-game warden with 60 years of continuous experience in hands-on wildlife management, and national park management, in Africa (1959 to 2019). In breakdown, I have 24 years experience in the management of national parks in Rhodesia/Zimbabwe - and in the management of the wild animal populations that lived inside those national parks; one year as the Chief Nature Conservation of the Ciskei in South Africa; three years as Director of the Bophuthatswana National Parks Board in South Africa; and I worked for three years as a professional hunter in the South African Great Karoo (taking foreign hunters on quests for plains game trophies). I discovered, however, that professional hunting was not my forte. I worked as an investigative wildlife journalist for 30 years in South Africa. I have written fifteen books and hundreds of magazine articles on the subject of wildlife management and big game hunting in Africa. Five of my books are university-level text books on wildlife management. I am a university-trained ecologist; was a member of the Institute of Biology (London) for 20 years; and was a registered chartered biologist for the European Union for 20 years. I have VAST experience in the “management hunting” of elephants, buffaloes, lions, leopards and hippos (as part of my official national park work in the control of problem animals); and I pioneered the capture of black rhino in Zimbabwe’s Zambezi Valley (1964 - 1970). My university thesis was entitled: “The Factors Affecting the Survival and Distribution of Black Rhinos in Rhodesia”. Look at my personal website if you want any further details about my experience: www.ronthomsonshuntingbooks.co.za.

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One thought on “FACTS MATTER – NSPCA a Rabid Animal Rights Organization

  • If the stated raison d’être of these AR Activist movements was, as they state, simply the welfare of animals, we would really have no choice but to go along with them – for, after all, none of us enjoy witnessing needless suffering. If and when we kill a living creature, we want the end to be as stress and pain free as possible.

    HOWEVER – these self propelling and driven AR Movements, don’t have their hearts where they would assure us. These activist groups are in essence, driven by an Orwellian styled power grabbing regime and their ends are political. They eschew democracy, despite their assurances and claims.


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