Around 220 animals tragically died during a fire on Monday evening at Mulati Wilddienste Farm near Brits in North West, South Africa. Police suspect it was arson.
According to WildForLife, the animals “died a painful death, trapped in burning enclosures”.
The heartbroken owner of Mulati, Gustav Strydom, said in a video interview that in 20 years he had never seen anything as awful as this.
The animals – which included blesbuck, eland, njalas, ostriches, rooibokke and zebras – were scheduled to be auctioned for private game reserves on Saturday.
Strydom said the trauma of seeing the animals burnt alive is far worse than the estimated R8-million damage to the buildings. Although the fire brigade arrived on the scene there was nothing they could do, he said.
Strydom told Jacaranda FM: “We manage to only save the animals that were on the other sides of the bomas – it was only a few zebras, ostriches and five or six wildebeest but the rest of the animals weren’t so lucky.”
Some called for international reporters to cover the story. “Animal genocide is an atrocity,” said one social media user.
Journalist Mia Spies posted photos on Facebook (see below) and reported that police have confirmed the fire was started by torching.
WATCH Fire in South Africa burns over 200 animals alive
So very sad and unnecessary. 200 animals died a painful death trapped in burning enclosures because of humans yet again. Mulati Wild in Brits, 200 animals died last night. They were going to be auctioned on Saturday.
Posted by Wildforlife on Tuesday, March 12, 2019
220 stuks wild is Maandagaand in ‘n brand by Mulati Wild Dienste buite Brits dood. Sebras, volstruise, en rooibokke asook ‘n mak Elandbul wat onlangs van ‘n jagplaas gered is en bestem was vir ‘n beskermde plaas is dood. Mulati-eienaar Gustav Strydom sê die trauma om die diere te sien doodbrand is erger as die skade van die brand wat R 8 miljoen beloop. Die polisie het bevestig dat dit deur brandstigting veroorsaak is. Vanaand op eNuus
Posted by Mia Spies on Wednesday, March 13, 2019