Information provided by: NSPCA
Andre Knipe recently posted on his Facebook page that he was at a game farm in Kroonstad recently and took the below images of a dead white lion and a dead eland. The NSPCA was alerted to the incident and has released a statement that two lions have died at Lechwe Lodge after the lodge was liquidated.
17 lions remain, of which two are underweight, and the remaining 15 are in good body condition. This is yet another incident when living animals are affected by liquidation processes.
All of these lions are being monitored by Freestate Nature Conservation officials and they have all been fed this weekend. There is very little game on the reserve and according to the NSPCA any animals seen are in acceptable physical conditions. The 17 lions will be most likely be confiscated by the Freestate Nature Conservation department and taken into their care at suitable facilities on their reserves.
The Wildlife Protection Unit confirms that the matter of starving animals at Lechwe Lodge is being handled by the Freestate Nature Conservation Department. The case is being thoroughly investigated by their officials and the NSPCA and charges will be laid against the individuals involved. The NSPCA is liaising extensively with the officials involved in the case and their involvement will continue until the lions are safely relocated and appropriately cared for.
The NSPCA wish to thank the Freestate Nature Conservation department for their efficiency and pro-active stance. They are one of the only provinces that take active steps to care for the animals they permit individuals to keep in captivity and they do not turn their back on animal welfare. The NSPCA salute them for this, and sincerely wish that other provinces would follow suit.
Liquidators that are in charge of seized assets will be liable for prosecution if the assets include live animals that are not cared for adequately. The NSPCA would like to urge individuals or liquidation companies to contact them in advance when live animals are in jeopardy of being attached during liquidation processes as these are live animals that must be cared for appropriately.