The Randburg SPCA is taking on parrot breeder Antonius Gerhardus Meiring, describing his court application for the return of his birds, seized from his property earlier this year, as ‘bereft of any moral fibre’.

A News24 report quotes SPCA inspector Shiven Bodasing who charged: ‘We find this very application to be bereft of any moral fibre, for to institute these proceedings against an organisation dedicated solely to the protection of animals is completely against good morals.’

In January, following a tip-off, the animal rights organisation seized the 20 distressed birds and found scores of dead parrots at Meiring's property.

At the time, Bodasing expressed his shock because Meiring was a high-ranking member of the Parrot Breeder's Association of SA.

Based on a rough estimate of the skeletons found, the SPCA calculated that the value of the dead birds was R750 000.

Attorney Nathan Van Zyl, who represents the Randburg SPCA, explained why the case was important to him.

This is more than just a court case. It's a matter of conscience and public awareness.

The parties will meet in the Gauteng High Court (Johannesburg) on 24 March.

Full News24 report