Nica Richards
Deputy online news editor
8 minute read
6 Jul 2020
3:29 pm

Live sheep exports by sea will continue – with or without SA, says major meat producer

Nica Richards

The temporary ban on live sheep exports by sea continues to be contested by Al Mawashi, who dispute animal welfare concerns, and argue that exports support economic growth, and save animals from starvation.

The demand for live ruminant animals in Middle Eastern countries remains stable and is on a growth trajectory, says Al Mawashi South Africa. Image for illustration only: iStock

The National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) breathed a small sigh of relief after their recent court victory, which has temporarily prohibited the live export of sheep by sea. Until the matter is heard on 16 July, the 56,000 sheep set to journey the seas aboard international meat production and trade company Al Mawashi's Al Messilah vessel and their counterpart, Livestock Transport Trading Company KSC (KLTT), will remain in the Eastern Cape. Al Mawashi reported approximately R14 million in unforeseen expenses in feed, veterinary services and port costs due to the ruling, and said although the company respects the verdict, “we...