This time around, pressure mounts from the executive director of the National Council of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) Marcelle Meredith who is also the director of the World Society for the Protection of Animals.
has sent a world-wide Press statement calling for the gorillas, globally known as the Taiping Four, to be sent back to its country of origin, Cameroon
, as it alleges that the Pretoria Zoo (against which the NSPCA
recently laid criminal charges) has a bad record in caring for gorillas. \"Furthermore, the facility at the Pretoria Zoo for these gorillas is currently being built but is not complete,\" said Meredith
in the statement.She added that South Africa has no native gorillas and that the NSPCA believes the gorillas should go back where they belong to Cameroon where the Limbe Wildlife Centre can accommodate them. \"The NSPCA was saddened to receive confirmation in a communication from Sonja Meintjes, who is the assistant director of trade and regulation, Office of the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) Management Authority, South Africa,\" she said. (Malaysia is a signatory of the CITES agreement.) \"The CITES letter said that they are happy that Malaysia has taken the recommendations into account before they made their decision to send the animals to Pretoria Zoo,\" she said. \"However, the NSPCA is far from happy and had issued copies of the letter we sent to Malaysia\'s Wildlife Department Chief Musa Nordin to the media as well as South African role-players, including Meinjies.\" Her reason to make NSPCA\'s stand public is so that it goes on record.The NSPCA
represents 102 individual SPCAs in South Africa with their constituent members plus affiliated SPCAs in neighbouring Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Mozambique. \"The NSPCA
formally appeals to the Malaysian Government to pay heed to our calls for sense and compassion to prevail,\" she
said. \"South Africa has no native gorillas and so, as exotic animals in our country, they would be doomed to a life in captivity and in a country which does not have a successful track record with gorillas. \"The NSPCA
believes it is of vital importance that our stance is made known.