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Durban - Anti-animal cruelty activists have been dealt a blow by the Grahamstown High Court, which on Friday allowed the livestock carrier, the Barkly Pearl, to load animals for slaughter in Mauritius.
Judge Jean Nepgen ruled against the National Council of SPCA’s urgent court application to stop 2 000 animals being loaded on to the Barkly Pearl ship bound for Mauritius.
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, the NSPCA said.
The judge also ruled that no formal application was applicable in terms of the Livestock Improvement Act No 62 of 1998, in relation to the export of animals for slaughter.
NSPCA executive director Marcelle Meredith, speaking from Grahamstown after the ruling, said the organisation was disappointed by the development.
“The NSPCA has motivated, campaigned, spoken out and publicised this archaic and cruel practice over many years, since the 1990s in fact. We have tried every avenue and placed our hopes in a legal challenge. Sadly, it has come to nothing. “
Meredith said the anti-cruelty organisation had received public support on the matter.
The urgent High Court application brought by the National Council of SPCAs named the respondents as the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, the Registrar of Animal Improvement at the department, the MEC for the Department of Agriculture in the Eastern Cape, and Trustees of the Page Farming Trust.
“The NSPCA and our support base vow that we shall not stop the fight to prevent the export of live animals for slaughter. Our mandate is the prevention of cruelty. We are firmly committed to this. The NSPCA shall remain focused and resolute,” Meredith said.