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The Alice cow killings ring alarm bells about SA’s moral crisis


The Alice cow killings ring alarm bells about SA’s moral crisis

The images of varsity students hacking at live animals points to the social fabric of a country being torn apart


The shaky video recording available on internet sites is the most wretched thing any human being could possibly watch. A terrified cow is seen galloping for its life across open spaces in the rural university town of Alice in the Eastern Cape. In pursuit is a lively group of students fresh from a protest about the alleged non-payment of financial aid. The final frame in the video shows the bloodied remains of the animal.

After failing to access the local dairy farm to kill the calves – which were hastily spirited away – the youth herded some villager’s cows into the town. What happened next could have been taken straight from a horror movie. The students hunted down two cows and hacked portions of flesh from the live animals which they took to their residences to consume. On my phone is an image of a female student running off with the badly butchered leg of one of the cows. On the day the police would not allow the SPCA officer from King Williams Town to access the volatile town to put the suffering animals out of their misery.

An unimaginable act of cruelty carried out by students engaged in higher learning...

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