Cape Town – A man who has been accused of torturing a seal pup near Velddrif on the West Coast pleaded guilty in the Laaiplek Magistrate's Court on Monday.
Marius Tredoux faced a number of charges under the biodiversity and the animal protection acts, which protects threatened marine species, the SABC reported.
Tredoux beat and stabbed a seal pup while filming the attack on a fishing boat. The video went viral‚ outraging people all over the globe.
The case against his co-accused, Rynard van den Heever, was thrown out due to a lack of evidence.
Swartland and West Coast SPCA chairperson Collette Mang said they had opened a case of animal cruelty after seeing the video of the incident.