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City awaiting clarification from NSPCA about paintball guns <p>​</p><p>The City has submitted a written request to the NSPCA to clarify reports that it no longer supports the use of paintball guns as a scientifically proven and humane aversion tool to keep baboons out of the urban areas adjacent to the troops’ natural habitat.</p><p>The City’s Urban Baboon Programme is managed by a service provider who is currently using paintball guns as an aversion tool, in combination with other efforts among which: education around waste management and limiting food attractants, the enclosure of vegetable gardens and composting areas, and the baboon proofing of residences. </p><p>The NSPCA’s decision could have an impact on the terms and conditions of the City’s contract with the service provider. The contract may have to be reviewed in order for the City and the service provider to comply. The City will also have to inform residents living in areas close to baboons’ natural habitat of the impact this decision will have on their properties and lifestyle.  </p><p>‘I want to express my disappointment with the NSPCA in not consulting the City on its decision before making it public. The NSPCA has supported paintball guns as a scientifically proven and humane aversion tool since 2012. The standard operating procedures were updated in 2019, in consultation with the NSPCA, among others. </p><p>‘We regard the NSPCA as an important stakeholder. The City has a long standing relationship with the NSPCA on numerous matters related to the prevention of animal cruelty. The cooperation between the NSPCA and the City’s Directorate for Safety and Security, is but one example. It is inexplicable that the NSPCA has in this instance chosen not to consult the City when they have a direct line to our directors and managers. This contradicts the basic foundation of mutual respect and trust, cooperation and support, and is not in keeping with the conduct one would expect from a crucial partner.</p><p>‘We await written clarification from the NSPCA as a matter of urgency so that we can take the necessary steps,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Spatial Planning and Environment, Alderman Marian Nieuwoudt.</p><p>The urban areas are not safe for baboons. </p><p>It is of utmost importance, and in the interest of the safety of baboons and residents alike, that interaction and conflict between humans and baboons be limited as far as possible.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong></p>2021-04-29T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#c14f4280-0d1f-445c-b56a-6a27e5ddf88a;L0|#0c14f4280-0d1f-445c-b56a-6a27e5ddf88a|Baboon;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#98464881-1811-4e7f-9d65-92cd7118ace0;L0|#098464881-1811-4e7f-9d65-92cd7118ace0|Protection10

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