‘Vessel unsuitable to transport sheep’ - NSPCA
During a South African Government-mandated and police-forced inspection on Sunday, the National Council of Societies for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) found the empty Al-Shuwaikh vessel stationed at the East London harbour to be unsuitable to transport 61 000 sheep.
“The inspection confirmed that there is cause for major welfare concerns and unavoidable contraventions of the Animals Protection Act No 71 of 1962 and World Organisation of Animal Health minimum standards,” said Meg Wilson, spokesperson for the NSPCA.
On Monday, the organisation battled with Ifula Livestock to get permission to visit the feedlot in Berlin where 65 000 sheep are being kept until loading. The Inspectors euthanised a sheep due to it reportedly having a fractured leg and there were other animals that were limping and that had eye infections. According to them, this is an indication of the way animals will be left to suffer on board this vessel.
Prince Mabandla, spokesperson for Ifula Livestock and Al Mawashi Pty is adamant that the animal rights organisation found nothing amiss at the feedlot. “All the animals are in top form, they found two sheep with gout and asked us to apply betadine. These are common feet infections. They expected to find dead or malnutrition sheep,” said Mabandla.
“If the government allow this shipment to go – they would do so in full knowledge that animals will suffer unnecessarily. The responsibility, therefore, lies with the Government to prevent this cruelty from occurring by upholding the law of South Africa,” warned Wilson.