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The cloud that hangs over the City of Cape Town today is different from the one of the last two days. It is far worse.
It is the cloud of palpable shame of what the human race is capable of in its treatment of animals, and the inability of any of us to stop it. Cultural norms cannot be used as an excuse.
This office, together with Compassion in World Farming HQ are liaising at an international level to bring a stop, finally, to our savage and unconscionable treatment of fellow beings.

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MONDAY 19 February 2024


The City of Cape Town's Water and Sanitation Directorate head, Dr Zahid Badroodien,

has confirmed that the stench of sewage blanketing the city and its surrounds today emanates from a massive Brazilian livestock carrier which docked overnight in

Table Bay Harbour.

Compassion in World Farming (SA) is trying to ascertain the number of cattle on board. We understand the cattle are headed for slaughter in the Middle East.

The Right of the Child not to be exposed to violence inflicted on an animal should urgently be extended to overall human rights.

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The suffering of the cattle is a violation of everyone’s right to expect the humane treatment of animals.

The number of callers into radio stations protesting the stench and the cruelty, is testament to this.

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Western Cape Children’s Commissioner supports GC26 – the right of the child to be protected from violence, including violence inflicted on animals


A Letter to Animals Everywhere...

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Joyce D'Silva

You might be a hen confined in a cage, dying to have earth to scratch in, a tree to perch in and maybe come warm sunshine on your back.

You might be a pregnant pig kept in a metal crate, unable to turn round throughout your 16-week pregnancy.

You might be a cow kept for your milk production, never resigned to having your annual calf kidnapped from you.

I am so sorry you are all suffering at human hands. There are many thousands of us trying to build a more compassionate world.

We passionately want your suffering to end. We shall not rest until you can too.

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The Republic of South Africa is now legally bound to prevent children from being exposed/engaged with the killing of animals to collect body parts as 'trophies'.


Weeks of acute sufferingin 40°C heat under theblazing sun – and not atree or shelter in sight!

In blistering heat, South Africa’s sheep search for shade in each other’s shadows

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Image by Anne Zwagers

Landbouweekblad shows how some farmers are providing shade


With temperatures soaring above 40°C,
we, your customers, a
re calling on food retailers to please consider upgrading your business ethics
in regard to mutton and lamb product labelling,
by stating whether or not the animal, in life, had
access to shade.

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Kindly submit your details here:

AS WE USHER IN 2024...

As 2024 is ushered in, Philip Lymbery, CEO of Compassion in World Farming, the world’s leading NGO fighting for better lives for farmed animals, is on a high of hopefulness. Recently returned from the UNs’ Climate Change Summit COP28, held in Dubai, UAE, in early December 2023, Philip tells us that for the first time since this annual conference was initiated in 1995, the long-ignored ‘elephant in the room’ was addressed.

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Philip explains that at all 27 previous COPs, the way we farm animals was an ignored stumbling block in the fight to combat global warming. This time, COP28 brought industrialised animal farming out of the shadows, officially affirming that global warming cannot be addressed without an urgent adaptation and transformation of our current methods of food production and consumption.

To help put this breakthrough in context, he says, food production globally is responsible for a third of green-house gas emissions. Of these, animal farming accounts for more greenhouse gases than all the world’s planes, trains, and cars put together. It is a real breakthrough, says Philip, that the UNs’ Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has now acknowledged that “it is important to stress the need for urgent transformative climate action now. Key to this, in addition to fossil fuels phase out, is the reduction of emission from agrifood systems.”

Also significant was the release of a report by the UNs’ Environment Programme (UNEP) which confirmed the relevance of plant-based, cell-based, and fermentation-based alternatives to conventional animal products.

According to the report, these show ‘strong potential to drastically reduce harm to animals’. Philip believes that the first step to any big change is recognition of the problem. This, he says, was achieved at COP 28, bringing new hope for animals, people, and the planet.


“Getting the world off fossil-fuel addicted factory farming, with its fertilisers, cages, and live animal transport, together with reducing consumption of conventional animal products, is a must-do for a climate-friendly world. The future of our children depends on it.”

Compassion in World Farming (South Africa) looks forward with great anticipation to Philip Lymbery’s arrival in South Africa in April 2024 to take forward the momentum achieved at COP28.

Bravo Philip, thank you for
your valiant leadership!

To read Philip’s full article CLICK HERE

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Thirty years ago, climate chaos was an emerging theme. Today there is probably not a country in the world that isn’t witnessing how climate change affects us all. Floods, coastal erosion, forest fires, damage to buildings, and the prevalence of diseases are all set to increase. Record-breaking heat-waves hold the prospect of triggering crop failures and the mass migration of people driven from their homelands.

Please support our work by making a donation for 2024.
Donations to The Humane Education Trust can be partly recovered by presenting our Section 18A Tax Receipt to SARS.

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See our latest issue of ANIMAL VOICE


 18 September 2023

Today the world has changed…

The United Nations has elevated the welfare of animals into the Human Rights domain for the first time in history. In terms of UN GC26, authoritative guidance and clarity is given to 196 member countries to change their policies, practices and laws in order to comply with the 'legally binding' UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

This Convention states that ‘Children must be protected from all forms of physical and psychological violence and from exposure to violence, such as domestic violence or violence inflicted on animals ‘.




Expect a steep rise in the price of eggs as
load-shedding takes a heavy toll on the welfare of chickens

Load-shedding and the laying hen:

When a hen feels too hot, she will lift her wings away from her body to allow ventilation to cool her down.

In a battery cage, squashed together with four other hens each with a space-allowance the size of a shoe box, it is simply impossible for her to lift her wings, or to perform any other behavior that might cool her down.  

Imagine being just one of 20 000 hens in a shed subjected to the searing heat of Africa’s summers, and bombarded by the relentless din of massive fans built into the walls of the shed to extract toxic build-up of ammonia from the faeces that collect beneath the cages. Add to this, the relentless din of generators that are meant to kick in when load-shedding hits, as farmers desperately try to keep the ambient temperature within the sheds at a survivable level.

South Africa’s laying hens are set to stay caged in a space allowance the size of a shoebox until 2039 at least.



Only our purchasing power can free laying hens

from their relentless torment.

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Please sign this petition to supermarket MD’s, appealing for their cooperation in achieving:

  • a phase-out of eggs from caged hens

  • the conversion of battery sheds to barns by taking out the cages.

  • the immediate labelling of barn eggs as “BARN EGGS”

Compassion in World Farming SA will present the petition to supermarket heads across the country as soon as we have a significant number of signatures. 

There is a negligible price difference between cage eggs and barn eggs. While not free range, barn eggs nevertheless allow the humble hen the ability to walk, stretch her wings and lay her eggs in a nest.

‘A good cage is an empty cage’ — Zimbabwe Animal Advocates
by Louise van der Merwe: South African Representative, Compassion in World Farming (CIWF)

Sanele Ndlovu is determined that factory farming will not be part of Zimbabwe’s future. A graduate of the Esigodini Agriculture College in Esigodini, she has put the abolition of battery cages for laying hens as one of her top priorities.

“Battery cages never belonged in Zimbabwe and still do not belong,” she says. “At best, they are part of a cruel farming system that needs to become just a part of history.”

Sanele’s interest in the well-being of animals started as a young girl in rural Zimbabwe.

“My interest in animal welfare has become part of who I am precisely because of the happy memories I have, learning about and caring for all the domesticated animals that shared the lives of my grandparents in Gwanda. I got to know them – cows, goats, donkeys, chickens, you name it, and it was absolutely clear to me that all beings – human or non-human – thrive on care and respect.”


Animal Advocate Sanele Ndlovu is the founding director of the Nurture Imvelo Trust. She is determined to bring an end to battery cages for laying hens in Zimbabwe.

After completing her Diploma in Agriculture, Sanele studied Animal Wildlife Sciences at the Midlands State University in Gweru. During this time she did an internship at the Sibanye Animal Welfare and Conservancy Trust in Lupane, an organization founded and directed by Alfred Sihwa. Sanele readily adopted Alfred’s belief that animals have feelings, intelligence and deserve humane treatment.


Sanele and her team make farm visits and express their appreciation to cage-free farmers by advertising their eggs on the Nurture Imvelo Trust’s online platform.


Says Sanele: “It was during my internship that I realized my respect for all animals was something that had been part of me since my earliest existence with my grandparents. Yet the welfare of laying hens, and so many other animals, is non-existent. While they’re not human beings, they are nevertheless also ‘beings’, and are deserving of our respect and good care.”

Following her internship with Sibanye Animal Welfare and Conservancy Trust Sanele founded the animal welfare organization Nurture Imvelo Trust.

“My aim and purpose is to improve the welfare of all animals – aquatic or terrestrial – so that both humans and animals can live together in a fair and just environment.”


Sanele’s programme to spread this message includes presentations to Universities and Colleges that offer egg production as a specific module, and she makes full use of social media platforms.

“These students are the farmers of the future and when they go into farming we want to be sure they are already aware that battery cages for laying hens are a violation of some of the Animal Freedoms (endorsed by the World Organisation for Animal Health WOAH). Very specifically, caged hens are denied the Freedom to Express Normal Behaviour and the Freedom from Discomfort. They are prevented from being who they are.

“We engage farmers who are still using cages and make them aware that battery cages are one of the cruelest inventions of factory farming. We ask them to go cage-free. We are looking forward to engaging consumers in future so that they can make an informed decision when choosing eggs to buy.”

So far the Nurture Imvelo Trust employs three permanent staff members and four permanent volunteers.

“We were all friends together at school so when I pitched the idea of the Nurture Imvelo Trust, they were all eager to be part of the movement towards a much kinder world. Every Friday, we visit a farmer who is farming cage-free and express our appreciation through advertising their cage-free products on our networking platforms.”

“Animals are being abused at a degree that matches the growth in the human population. These animals are abused in an attempt to make sure people are being fed. So, the more people, the worse the abuse and inhumanity. The solution begins with policymakers. The policy of any country must be rooted in respect and care of all inhabitants, human and non-human alike. We have a very long way to go in making our people understand that animals depend on all of us for their protection but with continuous engagements, education and raising awareness, we will get there.”


Sanele and her mentors Dr Moyo and Mr Ndlovu at Gwanda State University. “The policy of any country must be rooted in respect and care for all inhabitants, human and non human,” she says.

To find out more and to support the Nurture Imvelo Trust, please click HERE

Compassion in World Farming (South Africa) has put Mike Bosch of Boschveld Chickens in touch with Sanele.
Read more about Mike and his impressive support of cage-free chickens as part of poverty alleviation.

Entrepreneurial rural citizens are showing that with the Boschveld system, they can make around R4000.00 a month.

HERE'S HOW: At R35 000.00 all told...

Boschveld’s easy-to-construct MOBILE CHICKEN RUN comes with 100 chickens, a solar panel and battery pack, vegetable seeds, young nut and fruit trees, training and skills transfer.

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The mobile system provides:  

  • Fresh soil every 30 days

  • The best protein for good health (eggs)

  • Farming skills, entrepreneurship, employment, and food security 

  • Green energy (the solar panel and battery pack provide enough power to charge 13 cell phones, 5 lap-tops and 4 LED lights)

  • Vegetables (grown with the chickens’ natural compost instead of costly synthetic fertilizer and pesticides)

  • Animal welfare that includes all Five Freedoms for Animals 

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Animal Rights

Dear Friends, Animal Lovers and Advocates,

March 17th, Britain's Commons will vote on Henry Smith's bill banning the import of animals killed for 'fun' (trophies).  

This bill has the overwhelming (86%) support of the British public.


What a signal Great Britain would send if the country that invented trophy hunting during the heyday of Imperialism, now unequivocally rejected that symbol?  And what a challenge to America's animal rights community to step-up our game?


Join me, Paula Sparks, Eduardo Gonçalves and Prof. David Bilchitz as we discuss neocolonialism, Ubuntu, false claims of conservation, Maasai eviction and the corrupting influence of America's Safari Club International. 


Cheers and thank you,

Tamara Bedić, Esq.

Animal Rights Committee, Chair

National Lawyers Guild, NYC




Click to listen:


All who work towards a better world

Right now, at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Egypt, world leaders are meeting to discuss the future of our planet. But they’re still not facing up to the devastating effects of factory farming. The global food system is harming animals, damaging human health, and fuelling the climate crisis. This cannot go on. We need international political action to transform the future of our food. That’s why Compassion in World Farming South Africa is launching a global campaign for a United Nations agreement to end factory farming.


Please sign the petition HERE


As global leaders prepare to attend the twin summits

— Climate COP in Egypt, and Biodiversity COP in Canada —   

the major challenge facing the rest of us is a shift in mind-set.

The Guardian puts it like this: It is only “by changing the way we think”  nothing short of a “radical mind-set shift” among “ordinary people” — that we will avert the collapse of the natural world on which we depend for “every drop of water we drink, every molecule of oxygen we breathe and every morsel of food we eat.”



In order to help achieve this shift in mind-set for our children who trust they will inherit a healthy and prosperous tomorrow,

The Humane Education Trust has made its Nature-Based educational platform freely available to 'ordinary people'... 

indeed, to everyone.

Lesson plans are curriculum-aligned, easily downloadable, and FREE, and

bring about a full understanding of the UN concept ONE HEALTH ONE WELFARE.


Dear Friends,

This photograph by South African journalist Brent Stirton won him the Wildlife Photographer of the Year award in October 2022. It shows the dying moments of mountain gorilla Ndakasi, in the arms of ranger Andre Bauma who had rescued her 13 years before and subsequently cared for her at the Senkwekwe Centre, Democratic Republic of Congo.

For me, this photograph symbolizes the era in which I have lived, a 70-year time-span during which many people, including myself, have strived heart and soul to set a-right the wrongs we humans have imposed on the lives of other species. Even the mask that Andre Bauma wears is a reflection of how we have recklessly killed off wild habitats to the point of making ourselves vulnerable to diseases like Covid-19. As I see it, the picture embodies not only the tragedy of our recklessness but our desire, to our core, to reconnect with the natural world.



On the same day as this photograph was published in the Cape Times, a Law Society report appeared on my computer screen. It was about ‘Law in the Emerging Bio Age’, and what it contained was uplifting beyond measure. According to the report, law experts believe that granting legal rights to nonhuman entities like animals, trees and rivers is essential if countries are to achieve success in tackling climate breakdown and biodiversity loss. Ecuador, Bolivia and New Zealand have started the ball rolling. Ecocide may soon become a prosecutable offence at the international criminal court. A synopsis of the Law Society report is seen here in an article from the Guardian:


As managing trustee of The Humane Education Trust, together with a small handful of devoted donors at my side, we have spent more than three decades developing resources aimed at rekindling the spirit of care and respect for all life. Recently UN Secretary General António Guterres bolstered this effort when he appealed for the world to “make peace with nature” and to “invest in nature-based education”. The freely downloadable lesson plans on our platform are designed to achieve just this.

Ironically the Bio Age into which we are being forced by Climate Change, may turn out to be the very best age of all because nothing fulfils the human spirit as much as witnessing our capacity to heal.

Louise van der Merwe
Managing Trustee: The Humane Education Trust
Director: Nature Based Education
SA Representative: Compassion in World Farming
Cape Town, South Africa
Email:  | Mobile: 082 457 9177  |  |

While the Australian government announced in August 2022 that battery cages for laying hens will be a thing of the past by 2036...

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Free Range Poultry Farm

the South African government remains adamant that on grounds of unemployment and poverty, battery eggs are here to stay!

The Humane Education Trust continues to strive for a phase-out of battery cages for South Africa’s laying hens. HET is also championing the awesome endeavour by Boschveld Chickens  to bring humanitarian and welfare-friendly eggs to both urban and rural communities around South Africa and beyond.  

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Entrepreneurial rural citizens are showing that with the Boschveld system, they can make around R4000.00 a month.

HERE'S HOW: At R35 000.00 all told...

Boschveld’s easy-to-construct MOBILE CHICKEN RUN comes with 100 chickens, a solar panel and battery pack, vegetable seeds, young nut and fruit trees, training and skills transfer.

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The mobile system provides:  

  • Fresh soil every 30 days

  • The best protein for good health (eggs)

  • Farming skills, entrepreneurship, employment, and food security 

  • Green energy (the solar panel and battery pack provide enough power to charge 13 cell phones, 5 lap-tops and 4 LED lights)

  • Vegetables (grown with the chickens’ natural compost instead of costly synthetic fertilizer and pesticides)

  • Animal welfare that includes all Five Freedoms for Animals 

Boschveld Eggs 

are championed by


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By buying these eggs you are supporting better lives for all!

Mike Bosch inspires farmers to go cage-free at the Department of Agriculture’s Farmers’ Day in Limpopo province in August. 

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Eskom’s impact
factory farms


As South Africans grow ever more frustrated with Eskom, the implications of load-shedding for poultry farmers becomes even more dire.

In an article headed ‘Poultry farmers watch birds die’, the journal Business Insider South Africa reports on what happens when the power cuts out and the huge cost of a generator is not an option for the chickens crammed into massive sheds on the factory farm. In short, load-shedding has catastrophic implications for the farmers – and their chickens.


We are reminded once again of the millions of laying hens trapped in cages in South Africa in order to produce eggs at the cheapest possible price. Take a glimpse into the bowels of hell in this article from India titled Waiting for Justice: A Critique on the Continuing Use of Battery Cages in India, authored by law students  Akshay Singh and Yatan Kwatra:


The photo is not unique to India. The photo could just as well have been taken in South Africa, or any other country that continues to allow the production of eggs from hens crammed into battery cages.

Please avoid buying eggs that are not identified as ‘free range’ or ‘pasture reared’ or ‘outside eggs’ or barn eggs because if you do, you are condemning birds to a hideous existence !!

Compassion in World Farming International has done it again!

At an up-beat awards ceremony yesterday, Compassion HQ led the way to a brighter future by presenting Compass Group with the first-ever full Planet Friendly Award for its commitment to reduce animal-sourced proteins by 25% by 2025.

And Waitrose won Best Retailer Innovation Award for developing an App to measure the emotional wellbeing of animals in a drive to continually improve their quality of life.

South Africa:

Let’s get into the running for next year’s awards!


Read CEO Philip Lymbery’s

account of the full awards ceremony here:

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The United Nations’ One Health concept leaves us in no doubt that the health and welfare of humans, animals and the environment are interconnected.


Read Philip Lymbery’s article on a facet of this interconnection between pigs, chickens, penguins and ourselves!  

As never before, there is a groundswell of human awareness that compels us to participate in the healing and restoration of our magnificent planet.

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22 April 2022


Astonishingly, as recently as the mid-1980s the notion that human babies didn't feel pain, still lingered in society.

Today the question of physical and emotional experience has moved beyond humans to animals, including invertebrates like insects, crabs and octopus, and the weight of compelling evidence of sentience suggests we need to include these animals too, into our moral circle of concern.


In 2005, the late Professor Wangari Maathai

became the first woman in Africa to receive the Nobel Peace Prize

for the Green Belt Movement she founded.

Today, the Green Belt flourishes with 51 million trees planted across Kenya. That’s a lot of habitat for birds and wildlife, and a significant contribution to the mitigation of global warming.

The Green Belt Movement is now a Global Alliance Partner of The Earthshot Prize launched by

Prince William to support projects that will repair

and heal our planet.


Professor Maathai took a stand for animal welfare too. She said: “Respect them, protect them,

speak for them.”

See an inspirational clip of Professor Maathai speaking at the University of Cape Town here:

See a special project in South Africa, changing landfill into forest.

Lesson Plan Grade 8 from slide 13 - 16

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Pigs emotions decoded

The world has only recently acknowledged that animals are sentient beings, just like ourselves.

But now scientists are discovering just how highly sentient they are!

In a world first, scientists have translated pig grunts into the emotions they are feeling - from happy and excited to scared or stressed, and other emotions in-between. 

Using more than 7000 audio recordings of pig-talk, a team of international researchers has designed an algorithm that is able to classify 92% of grunts, squeals, screams, barks and other calls into the correct emotion.

The next step is to develop the algorithm into an app that can be used to assess the welfare of pigs.

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