October 20 2014 at 09:16am
By Kieran Legg
For some of the people working tirelessly to look after the Cape vulture s dwindling population, the sentence is nothing more than a slap on the wrist.
Cape Town - An Eastern Cape farmer has been convicted of killing 46 endangered vultures after the birds feasted on a poison-laced sheep’s carcass he had left outside to kill a pack of stray dogs.
Last week he was sentenced to a year in prison, suspended for five years, and ordered to pay more than R20 000.
For some of the people working tirelessly to look after the Cape vulture’s dwindling population, the sentence is nothing more than a slap on the wrist. Conservationists are now calling for laws around the use of poison and the protection of animals to be re-evaluated to save the birds from extinction.
In December last year, Armand Aucamp – a 34-year-old farmer with a plot of land in the province’s Molteno district – had laced a sheep’s carcass with the insecticide carbofuran.