The National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) reiterates its firm stance against the live export of animals by sea.  We have been in and out of the High Court on numerous occasions since 2019.  The NSPCA and the Cape of Good Hope SPCA is actively engaged on the Al Kuwait, a live export vessel currently docked at Cape Town Harbour.  The ship is in the process of loading feed and is carrying 19,000 cattle bound for Iraq from Brazil.

The team, including NSPCA Veterinary Consultant, Dr Bryce Marock, has been aboard the vessel since 10:00pm on Sunday, 18 February 2024, working with the cooperation of the captain, to assess the welfare of the animals.

We acknowledge the concerns raised by members of the public regarding the noticeable stench emanating from the ship, reaching the city centre and surrounds.  This smell is indicative of the awful conditions the animals endure, having already spent 2½ weeks on board, with a build-up of faeces and ammonia. The stench onboard is unimaginable, yet the animals face this every single day.

We are extremely grateful for the Cape of Good Hope SPCA, who has pulled out all the stops to assist the NSPCA in our inspection.

We urge the public to consider the plight of these sentient beings, confined to cramped quarters with limited ventilation and hygiene, as we continue our efforts to ensure their well-being.

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