Court bid to Stop South African live exports fails

South Africa’s National Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals (NSPCA) has seen its high court application to stop a shipment of sheep to Kuwait struck off the roll, with costs, due to procedural issues.

The NSPCA had launched the application in the Grahamstown High Court, South Africa (IMN October 16th 2019), after it found out that 70,000 sheep were being prepared for export. The NSPCA claimed that the sheep faced “horrendous conditions.”

The NSPCA said that “we are concerned that once again the merits of the case were unable to be argued. We believe there is still a strong case to be made.”

On February 27, 2020, the attorneys acting on behalf of Al Mawashi requested that the NSPCA, various stakeholders and Al Mawashi engage to find a solution to the dispute. Loading for the next shipment is due to begin on March 17th 2020.

The NSPCA said that it would it will engage with Al Mawashi to try to establish the best outcome for the animals involved, but insisted that its stance remained unchanged. It said that “our opposition to this practice on welfare grounds has been steadfast for decades. There is undoubted cruelty both during the lengthy sea voyage and at the destination.”