Controlling with kindness.

The SPCA receives regular reports of bird infestation on buildings, houses and farms and is in the process of assessing several methods that are deemed to be cruel and unacceptable – for humane control the SPCA advises:-

  1. Use exclusion methods – i.e. netting / making areas inaccessible.
  2. Make an area available for birds to rest, drawing them away from the areas they they are not wanted.
  3. Do not leave feed out or feed birds, this draws in more birds.
  4. Remove eggs from the areas to prevent breeding from taking place, if you do not wish annual visits by the feathery creatures. (Only do this after you have checked with your local SPCA and Nature Conservation regarding legality as the birds may be a protected species.)
  5. Place strands of light wire across the perching areas, parallel with each other, not too widely apart, which will prevent the birds from perching.
  6. DO NOT use any poisons, glue or any kind of gels as these cause flight problems and or painful and secondary poisoning.
  7. In the case of farms, cover the crops with netting and plant or leave a separate crop for feeding purposes. This must be well away from the main farming crops to avoid spill over feeding.


Hunting / shooting birds does not solve the problem as others will come to feed / perch. A humane all-encompassing preventative programme must be put in place.

The real cause is breeding and preventative programmes on a national basis should be implemented.


The NSPCA was made aware that the Johannesburg Zoo is bringing in another elephant. This decision has been made following the death of one of their elephants, Kinkel, earlier this year – leaving their remaining elephant alone.
The captive environment for elephants at the Johannesburg Zoo is detrimental to any elephant’s well-being.
The NSPCA was informed that the decision was approved by the Johannesburg Metro which is run by the Democratic Alliance (DA). Both the Johannesburg Zoo and the DA profess to believe in and uphold the 5 Freedoms, an ethos which outlines basic animal welfare, yet the decision to introduce another elephant into a facility which does not meet these freedoms has been considered acceptable by both the Johannesburg Zoo and the Democratic Alliance.
The NSPCA will secure a humane alternative that is not only beneficial for the well-being of their remaining elephant, Lammie, but would also stop the endless and redundant cycle of continuously condemning elephants to captivity for many years to come.
“The NSPCA will continue to fight for Lammie and every other elephant that may be doomed to a life of captivity. We believe that moving Lammie to an approved sanctuary would be far more beneficial for her welfare. We have expressed our opinion to the Johannesburg Zoo as well as the City of Johannesburg’s mayor, Herman Mashaba” said Karen Trendler, manager of the NSPCAs Wildlife Trade & Trafficking portfolio.
The NSPCA challenges the DA to uplift Lammie’s welfare and make the correct decision to move Lammie to an appropriate and accredited sanctuary and to not condemn another elephant to a life of captivity.

Now is the time to prove your commitment to animal welfare.