Time to Legally Scupper “Ship of Shame”
The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW – www.ifaw.org) has called the planned shipment of live animals to Mauritius from South Africa a “modern day disgrace”.
“IFAW supports the efforts of organisations such as the National Council of SPCAs of South Africa, to legally scupper the so-called “Ship of Shame” which will take as many as 5,000 cattle to Mauritius to be slaughtered,” said Jason Bell, Director of IFAW Southern Africa.
“There is no need to put these animals through an excruciating journey that could include days of discomfort including rough seas, motion sickness, and possible shortages of food and water – not to mention adequate veterinary care.
“We no longer live in the early days of seafaring when shipping livestock live was considered normal. These days there are alternatives and if Mauritius requires meat, then it is perfectly possible to export it frozen rather than the live animals,” said Bell.
Yesterday’s high court application by the NSPCA and others, to stop the export, was postponed until today when it will be heard in the Grahamstown High Court. The application is being brought against the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) and others.
A ship is due to dock at the Port of East London to load the animals before departing for Port Louis, Mauritius, later this month.
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