AGRICULTURE NEWS - The Grahamstown High Court recently approved an urgent interim interdict to temporarily ban livestock exports by sea from South Africa until at least 16 July.
The interdict was applied for by the National Council of Societies for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) and was granted against Kuwaiti company, Al Mawashi, which has been buying live sheep from the Eastern Cape for shipboard exports to the Middle East, and against other entities involved in these exports.
Since late 2019 and to date, two shipments totalling approximately 120 000 live sheep have been exported from the Eastern Cape aboard Al Mawashi’s fleet of specialised livestock transport ships.
The animals were destined for the company’s feedlotting, processing and marketing operations in Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates.
The NSPCA and South Africa’s Livestock Welfare Coordinating Committee have maintained strong opposition to these live sheep exports, citing a litany of alleged welfare abuses of the animals throughout the loading, transporting and offloading processes.