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.
Read: “THE GROWING INVOLVEMENT OF FOREIGN NGOs IN SETTING POLICY AGENDAS AND POLITICAL DECISION‐MAKING IN AFRICA” by Mike Norton‐Griffiths, First published: 14 October 2010.
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.)