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2017 | Update: Johannesburg Zoo's Stance on Benoni Bunnies

EST - 1966

2017 | Update: Johannesburg Zoo's Stance on Benoni Bunnies

EST - 1966

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Respite for the Rabbits:

Whiskered whispers of relief rustle through the warrens as an update emerges from the Johannesburg Zoo, a tale of advocacy and legal labyrinthine leading to a momentary pause in the plight of the countless bunnies of Benoni. In a symbiotic triumph for those sporting cotton tails, a decision has been reached—one that nods toward the voice of reason and the silent pleas of our furry friends.

Zoo's Legal Lens Leads to Halting Hare Housing

On a day that has since been etched into the annals of our park’s story, September 20, 2017, Jenny Moodley, the voice of the Johannesburg Zoo, conveyed to the City Times a verdict delivered by their counsel: the gates of the zoo shall not swing open for the Benoni bunnies until the echoes of the courtroom gavel have faded into clarity.

Court's Command Clashes with Municipality's Measures

Smaragda Louw, the vigilant vanguard of Ban Animal Trading (BAT), expressed a steadfast stance against the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality (EMM) and their overture to donate the darling denizens of the park to the more confining quarters of the zoo. A high court order, once heralded as a harbinger of humane harmony, now hangs in the balance, its decrees of sterilization sidestepped by the stewards entrusted with its execution.

A Breeding Blunder Bound by Bureaucracy

Louw lamented the lapses in leadership that led to a proliferation of the park’s population, a clear cry for management to match the meticulous measures mandated by the courts. The sterilization, intended as a decisive damper on the rapid reproduction, dwindled into delayed undertakings, leaving our lapine legions to love and multiply unchecked.

Legal Likelihoods and Zoo's Zetetic Zeal

The melancholy melody of mismanaged mandates met with BAT’s unyielding urgency, as court papers were penned with the precision of a hawk’s descent, seeking an interdict to inhibit the municipality’s misguided maneuvers. Meanwhile, the Johannesburg Zoo’s management, once distant from the legal discord, now nods in agreement with the necessity for judicial judgment.

EMM's Elusive Enigma on Sterilization's Stance

Themba Gadebe, the elucidator for EMM, echoed the zoo’s reticence, stating that no further furry residents shall be rehomed to the zoo at this juncture. Yet, the municipality’s murmurs on the matter of continuing the crucial sterilizations remain mere echoes in the expanse, a question left unanswered, a task untold.

As we eagerly await the unfolding resolutions and restorative requisites from the courts, the bunnies of Benoni find themselves amidst an interim idyll. Here in the haven that is Bunny Park, the whispers of hope race through the grasses, and the saga of survival savors a fleeting sigh of serenity.

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