More than 7 000 chickens were slaughtered at St Alabans Correctional Services, Uitenhage after they were found starving, said the SPCA on Friday.
SPCA Uitenhage Inspector Mariska Herselman said she responded to an anonymous call alleging that chickens were starving at the centre on Thursday. She said what she found was “shocking and horrendous”.
“Chickens had been without food for so long that they were eating their own feathers and flesh, having already eaten the shavings in their enclosures and were beginning to eat themselves and each other in desperation,” she said in a statement.
“It was obvious that large numbers of chickens had to be slaughtered to put them out of their misery. I saw chickens with their insides hanging out – such was their desperation to eat.”
She said the correctional services facility has chicken houses and its own on-site chicken abattoir.
“As a result of the horrific findings, 7400 chickens were emergency-slaughtered.”
Herselman said she re-visited the facility on Friday and confirmed that the two-week-old chicks had food.
“It was claimed by personnel at the facility that food was due to be delivered during the day. The SPCA Uitenhage inspector will remain on the premises to check that food is delivered.”
She said criminal charges would be laid. – Sapa
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