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Johannesburg - An Eastern Cape High Court ruling on Friday allowing the ship Barkly Pearl to load animals for slaughter in Mauritius is deeply disappointing, the SPCA said.
The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) approached the court with an urgent application to prevent the ship from loading the animals, the SPCA said in a statement.
“Having viewed the footage of animals exported on the vessel previously, the judge expressed his opinion that cruelty was prevalent and that this would have to be resolved in the future.”
Judge Jean Nepgen also ruled that no formal application was applicable in terms of the Livestock Improvement Act in relation to the export of animals for slaughter.
“This effectively means that the livestock carrier, the Barkly Pearl, may be loaded with South African cattle and may set sail with them to be slaughtered in Mauritius,” the SPCA said.
SPCA executive director Marcelle Meredith said: “The SPCA has motivated, campaigned, spoken out, and publicised this archaic and cruel practice over many years, since the 1990s in fact.”
The society had tried every avenue but, sadly, it had come to nothing, she said.
The SPCA had public support to lodge the urgent court application and reiterated their motivation that there were alternates, with exporting meat rather than live animals being preferable.
“The SPCA and our support base vow that we shall not stop the fight to prevent the export of live animals for slaughter,” she said.
“Our mandate is the prevention of cruelty. We are firmly committed to this. The SPCA shall remain focused and resolute.”