Breeding official quits after SPCA finds ‘150 dead parrots’ at his home

One of the cages full of spider webs.
Image: Randburg SPCA

The Parrot Breeders Association of SA (Pasa) has confirmed the resignation of a senior official after the gruesome discovery of 150 dead parrots at his home in Johannesburg.

Other parrots were allegedly found during an inspection by the Randburg SPCA in “dirty and parasitic” conditions.

“Please note that [the official] has resigned as a member of Pasa, said Ben Minnar, chairperson of the organisation in a post on its Facebook page on Thursday.

“We stand by our strict code of conduct applicable to all our members and will not tolerate any breach thereof by anybody associated with Pasa,” the organisation said in an “urgent announcement” posted on its website.

The SPCA said in a statement that it had executed a search and seizure warrant at the official’s home on Monday, accompanied by a Johannesburg wildlife veterinarian and police.

“The Inspectorate seized 20 animals, for being kept in abhorrent conditions and which in the opinion of the accompanying veterinarian, required medical intervention,” said the SPCA.

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