A Pretoria man has embarked on a 20 day hunger strike to raise funds to feed animals during the festive season. He has already raised R100 000 for his intended project.
Forty five-year-old Herman H le Roux is appealing for more support from businesses and members of the public.
Le Roux has not tasted food for the past three weeks. Only water has kept him going.
He has been on a hunger strike in a bid to raise funds to feed and create a shelter for animals. The animal rights activist says the idea was prompted by a number of things, among others awareness for animal welfare.
He says unattended animals suffer the same pain as does human beings.
“The main reason for the hunger strike was not only to raise funds but to show that mentally ill people and that drug addicts can also change lives. And they can make a difference and make awareness of the shelter problem in South Africa.”
Dogs are the most favourite pets for Le Roux who is in the forefront of the H Projects.
“I’m very, very tired as you can imagine. When you do a hunger strike you to sit still, but I didn’t after the auction I have to invoice the people so I’m very busy. But nothing to be concern about. But if anyone out there wants to embark on a hunger strike please see the doctor.”
Support in monetary form, clothes and animal food is overwhelming. Some of the donated items have been sold in an auction as part of fund raising. However, Le Roux says more still needs to be done.
The recovering alcohol and drug addict is also contemplating to launch a political party next year that will look into rights of the animals.