Trio punished for trying to save lion, cheetah cubs. Appeal judge outraged
FREE TO READ | Judge slams Free State permit system and lambastes its officials for putting baby animals’ lives at risk
Two Free State lion and cheetah breeders, as well as a woman who cared for their sick cubs, have had their criminal convictions overturned, along with tens of thousands of rand in fines.
And the High Court in Bloemfontein has slammed a Free State government department as extremely inefficient, with officials caring more about the letter of the law than the lives of a set of sick animals.
Thalita Cloete, Francois Stephanus Schutte and Francois Benjamin Schutte were convicted and sentenced in July 2018 for various breaches of the National Environmental Management Biodiversity Act. Cloete and Stephanus Schutte were both convicted of conducting “restricted activity involving threatened or protected species without a permit”...