NSPCA – Hand in Glove with ARs

The NSPCA, the biggest and most influential animal welfare organisation in this country, is now ever more greatly inclined towards the animal rights doctrine. It’s Chief Executive Officer, Ms Marcelle Meredith, for the last 15 years, has been a Director of one of the biggest international animal rights organisations – WAP (World Animal Protection). For many years she has had a close affiliation with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) from whom she has accepted large sums of money to carry out desiderata at the behest of HSUS. A few years ago, all the NSPCA Inspectors were trained, gratis, by HSUS – which means the core element of the NSPCA in this country is now animal rightist in orientation.

In a South African television show a few years ago – Three Talk with Noleen – Ms Meredith declared that she ‘had a problem with hunting and hunters!’ She went on to say that: ‘There is a very fine dividing line between shooting a buck and shooting a man’; and, she continued, ‘when a father takes his son out on a weekend hunting trip, she considered that that is the first step in training him to be a pathological murderer.’

The NSPCA, therefore, has philosophically and morally, become an important and dangerous conduit that feeds the international animal rights doctrine into South Africa. Ms Meredith is now more of an ‘animal rightist’ than she is an ‘animal welfarist’ and that does not bode well for the promotion of animal welfarism in South Africa.


Abstract: ‘Two case studies from Kenya demonstrate the malign impact on policy‐making and political decision‐making of foreign NGOs with single issue agendas. They gain acceptance for their minority views by using financial strength and access to economic and political elites in order to subvert what should be representative democratic processes’. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1468-0270.2010.02018.x (accessed 23rd September 2018.)

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 “NSPCA – Hand in Glove with ARs

  • September 26, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    There is a worrying trend of this pattern developing in Zimbabwe too.
    The money trail gets murky as these organizations are answerable to no one


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