A couple has been fined for feeding a Capuchin monkey brandy and Coke and illegaly transporting another Capuchin monkey to the Free State.
Frikkie Bosch, 48, and his girlfriend, Joyce Marais, 39, who allegedly gave a Capuchin monkey brandy and Coke, have been convicted of animal cruelty in terms of the Animal Protection Act.
The couple from Zastron were each fined R30,000 or six months’ imprisonment, suspended for five years, reported Netwerk24.
Senior inspector at the Bloemfontein SPCA, Reinet Meyer, said the couple pleaded guilty to the the charge.
Bosch and Marais were also found guilty of transporting another Capuchin monkey to the Free State from Durban without the necessary permit. They pleaded guilty to the charge and were each fined R10 000 or 36 months’ imprisonment, suspended for five years.
According to Meyer, Marais admitted in court that she had done nothing to stop what had happened.
In an affidavit from two former Zastron residents, it was revealed that Bosch regularly gave brandy and Coke to the Capuchin monkey, Hansie, and that the other monkey, Sussie, was illegally brought to the Free State last May.
The SPCA seized the two monkeys in October 2014.
Meyer said Hansie at the time had bald spots on his body and displayed autistic behaviour. Meyer supposed that this could be as a result of consuming the brandy and coke.
“Sussie, in our opinion, suffered the worst abuse and was chronically thin. A veterinarian who examined the monkeys was very shocked,” said Meyer.
“Both monkeys are now in a safe place. Wild animals belong in the wild, not in cages with human clothes and tots of brandy and Coke.”
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