Inspector of the National Council of SPCA Arno De Klerk says wild and exotic animals are easily available to purchase via the internet these days.
Speaking to Ray White on The Midday Report, De Klerk says the SPCA is concerned about the welfare of these animals as they often require special care.
It is law enforcement that is lacking sometimes, especially if you think of exotic animals in Gauteng; you don't really require a permit to keep a tiger in your backyard for example.— Arno De Klerk, Inspector of the National Counsel of SPCA
De Klerk says the regulations for keeping exotic animals are regulated per province. He says as the SPCA they only regulate the keeping of animals under the Animal Protection Act.
We are always there to ensure that the welfare of the animals is not compromised, or to provide recommendations or guidance as to prevent these animals from suffering.— Arno De Klerk, Inspector of the National Counsel of SPCA
The SPCA explains interventions when people don't have permits to keep animals domestically: