PORT ELIZABETH - The National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) said it was horrified at the arrival of the Al Shuwaikh vessel at the East London Harbour on Monday which is allegedly set to load a ‘consignment’ of 60 000 sheep destined for the Middle East.
According to the NSPCA, Al Mawashi, a Kuwaiti importer, has registered a company in South Africa and is using a local exporter, the Page Farming Trust, to facilitate the acquisition of some 60 000 sheep and the loading of these sheep onto the vessel later this week.
The NSPCA says the intention is to export 600 000 animals, sheep, goats and cattle, per annum.
In a statement, the NSPCA said live export by sea for the purposes of slaughter was unacceptable and unnecessary.
“South Africa must take a stand against this abhorrent and unnecessary practice and rather export packaged meat, which not only ensures that animals do not suffer unnecessarily, but helps the country’s struggling economy.”