LET THE JOURNEY END HERE
It has been a long and trying year for the NSPCA as we continue to fight against a trade that is inherently cruel. We have lost battles and we have won – but the war is far from over.
In June 2020, the NSPCA applied to the High Court in Grahamstown to interdict the impending voyage of 72 000 sheep to the Middle East.
The NSPCA had attempted on numerous occasions to ascertain the expected date of export, but Al Mawashi, the Kuwaiti livestock exporter, ignored these requests. On 8 June 2020, the NSPCA approached the High Court in Grahamstown on an immediate urgent basis, as the Al Messilah vessel was approaching South African waters.
The matter was urgently heard on 9 June 2020 and the NSPCA was victorious – an “interim” interim interdict was granted, prohibiting the export of sheep to the Middle East until the NSPCA’s case for an interim interdict is heard in the High Court.
Following the NSPCA’s victory, the Kuwaiti exporter Al Mawashi, and their holding company Livestock Transport and Trading Company KSC (KLTT), attempted to have the “interim” interim interdict reconsidered, as they claimed that their business would not survive.
The re-consideration application was heard on 25 June and Judgment handed down on 30 June 2020 – the NSPCA was victorious again! Judge Bloem ruled in favour of the NSPCA, but the fight is not over!
WE ARE HEADING BACK TO THE HIGH COURT TO START FIGHTING FOR AN INTERDICT TO STOP THE LIVE EXPORT OF SHEEP BY SEA PENDING THE BIG FIGHT FOR THE PERMANENT BAN
The undeniable suffering that these animals experience during these journeys to the Middle East is both unnecessary and unacceptable.
Animals are essentially transported in vessels and remain in transit for up to 21 days. Travelling through immense heat, in a completely unnatural environment with minimal access to feed and water due to the unbalanced quantity of sheep and feed/water trough ratio. The vessel is not cleaned out for the entire journey so the sheep are forced to live in their own excrement, with inadequate ventilation. The lights remain on for the entire journey which means that the animals suffer stress due to the exhaustion of not being able to rest.
These are just a few of the concerns involved in this type of transport, the animals endure a treacherous journey of cruelty only to be slaughtered when they reach their final destination.