CrossFit Windhoek hosted its fifth annual Charity Throwdown on Friday 17 and Saturday 18 June 2022 at the Hage Geingob Stadium in Windhoek.
The event was held to benefit the Justice for Animals campaign, propelled by the Justice for Animals Trust and supported by Na’ankuse Foundation.
The event, organised by Brand Brokerage and sponsored by Hunters, was a huge success. More than 130 athletes competed over the two days. And there was plenty to do for nonathletes as well: a beer garden, live music, jumping castles for the kids and much more – to the delight of the attendees.
The event raised a whopping NAD40,000.00 for the cause! NAD20,000.00 was generated by the event itself and the Na’ankuse Foundation matched the funds raised by adding another NAD20,000.00 to the donations.
The Justice for Animals campaign started in 2019 when Adv Ronel Lewies initiated the project for legislative reform in Namibia. Animals are considered property in Namibia. The Animals Protection Act 71 of 1962 is the primary legislation concerning animal welfare in Namibia, and it is some 62 years old. The Act has never been updated since 1962 which led to such absurdities as the maximum penalty for a contravention of the Act being a mere N$200.00 – irrespective of the severity of the offense. The Justice for Animals campaign advocates for legislative reform in line with international trends. Supporters of the campaign wants a law that offers enhanced protection to animals and addresses a wide range of
issues previously unregulated or inadequately regulated.
The Justice for Animals Trust aims to promote and advance animal welfare legislation through the legal system in Namibia, including the advocacy, development of legislation and case law, providing assistance to law enforcement agencies and prosecutors in animal law matters, providing a platform to connect legal practitioners with animal law cases, education and training in animal law. The trust is administered by Cronje Inc attorneys.