VIDEO: Breeding cages shock Centurion couple

The rabbits kept in cages for breeding purposes. Photo: Supplied

A Centurion couple is traumatised after discovering breeding rabbit cages at a secluded area on the Rooihuiskraal Historical Terrain.

Chris and Elni de Kock have been feeding carrots to rabbits at the terrain several times a week over the past four months.

At one point, Chris had pieces he thought were too big for rabbits to he decided to feed them to the horses on the terrain instead.

“On my way to the horses, I heard a racket and followed the noise to an enclosed area covered with cloth where I discovered rabbits kept in cages.”

Chris said he was shocked to see that the animals didn’t have water.

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“I decided to make a video for the world to see in what poor conditions the rabbits were kept.”

These conditions could only be described as a case of animal cruelty, he claimed.

Ward councillor Cindy Billson told Rekord that she inspected the area, together with the SPCA and found that there was a water pipe running through the cages.

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Billson said the cages could be kept in better shape.

“However, I’m not an expert and cannot say what needs to be done. The SPCA will investigate and decide on a solution,” said Billson.

Billy Cahill, who runs the children’s farm, told Rekord the secluded area was used for breeding purposes.

The retired teacher said he had been working with rabbits for 35 years.

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“I have all the paperwork that allows me to do so. The area is kept secluded to prevent any disturbances,” said Cahill.

He said he had put up signs prohibiting public access…“No-one is allowed to go there”.

An automatic feeder supplied water to the rabbits, he told Rekord.

“Allegations that the cages are not being cleaned are also false. They are cleaned daily,” he said.

SPCA inspector Job Masombuka said meetings were held with the various interested parties on Thursday.

“The SPCA will make another inspection and report on the matter,” Masombuka said.


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