Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Grape-treading elephant attraction withdraws permit application

Posted by: Ainsley Hay / posted on May 27th, 2014

The tide is turning against interactions with elephants by the paying public. The National Council of Societies for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ (NSPCA) stance is that such “activities” play no part in ethical tourism and have no conservation or welfare benefit for the animals.

The Meerendal Wine Estate in Cape Town had applied to create an elephant tourist attraction at their wine estate. The National Council of SPCAs and the SPCA Cape of Good Hope have been vocal in our opposition of this, and we are delighted to report that thanks to public pressure, the estate has retracted its application.

Formal opposition was submitted to Cape Nature, the permit-issuing authority, by the NSPCA and other animal welfare groups, plus concerted public pressure.

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