• Petitioned Dr. Songabe

This petition was delivered to:

DAFF Director: Veterinary Public Health
Dr. Songabe
DAFF Director: Veterinary Public Health
Dr. Songabe c/o Secretary
Animal Product Technician
Mr Joel Mammabola
National Veterinary Health, DAFF Director: Animal Health
Dr Mpho Maja
Deputy Director, DAFF, Import Export Policy Unit
Dr Luana Schoeman
Department of Trade & Industry
Department of Trade & Industry, Head of Communication
N. Manoka
International Trade Administration Commission, Senior Manager for Import / Export control
Mr Philip Snyman
Eastern Cape Province Animal Health
Dr Luis Amaral
Eastern Cape Province Animal Health
Dr Lubabalo, Director
Chief Director: Communications, Eastern Cape Tourism
Mr Trevor Bloem
SA Veterinary Council
The Administrator
Livestock Exporter
John Page (Livestock Exporter)

STOP SHIPS OF SHAME - LIVE ANIMAL EXPORT

    1. Petition by

      National Council of SPCAs

A 20 minute investigative video can be viewed at http://beta.mnet.co.za/carteblanche/Article.aspx?ID=4529

The export of farmed animals by sea has been monitored and opposed by the NSPCA since the mid 1990s. This is one of the cruellest methods of transport in existence.

Farmed animals (cattle, sheep and goats) are bought in South Africa, trucked to the East London Harbour and loaded onto a ship bound for owners in the purchasing country, i.e. Mauritius. The loading process, which involves herding animals off the trucks onto the ship, can take up to 24hrs.

The animals are held below deck and face a journey of between 7 to 12 days, depending on the weather and sea conditions.

According to research, simple change in handling and crush / holding environment, including the loading, reloading and sudden change in environment from open air to restricted ventilation below deck on the ship, suggests the increases in stress and results in animal suffering. It was experienced that animals became ill and lethargic, sea sick and often end up with broken legs. – See Research (Animal Welfare 1994, 3: 213-218 {UFAW} by X Manatca and J. M. Deag)

The animals are then offloaded in Mauritius where inadequate loading/off-loading facilities exist and insufficient attention is given to general welfare and slaughter standards (i.e. animals are not stunned prior to throat cutting). The humane handling and slaughter of animals in South Africa is regulated but this is not the case in Mauritius. The meat sold in Mauritius is generally purchased by Halaal customers and the slaughter of animals is based on the requirements of the Islamic faith. However, unlike in South Africa, the welfare of animals in Mauritius is not always a priority.

NSPCA staff has monitored shipments over the past two decades, with the last shipment in September 2012 resulting in Court action between the NSPCA and the exporters in East London.

The NSPCA has now openly stated that criminal charges will be laid against any veterinarian, whether state appointed or not, who signs the export permits. The NSPCA’s stance on this issue has been relayed in several written communications as well as in meeting discussions with the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF).

As an animal welfare organisation the National Council of SPCAs believes that animals should be treated humanely while they are on the farm, while they are transported and when they are slaughtered. All animals are deserving of consideration, even those being raised for food.

THE FOLLOWING ORGANISATIONS SUPPORT THE NSPCA’s STANCE
United Ulama Council of South Africa;
Livestock Welfare Coordinating Committee
Compassion in World Farming International
Animals Australia
South African Veterinary Council appointed Veterinarian

HEREWITH ARE SOME CONCERNS OBSERVED
For further explanation regarding the following concerns please go to http://www.nspca.co.za/Page/30522/Ships-of-Shame

STRESSORS DURING TRANSPORTATION

PSYCHOLOGICAL
a) Physical Restraint and handling
b) Noise – Loading, Journey, off-loading.
c) Vibration – of vessel and ocean.
d) Social regrouping – Establishing the pecking order, disease transmission, bullying, mounting.
e) Unfamiliar surroundings – Animals not familiar with artificial conditions.

PHYSICAL
a) Hunger / Thirst
b) Injury (bruising, lacerations, broken bones)
c) Thermal extremes (heat, cold, humidity)
d) Mounting
e) Overcrowding
f) Flooring
g) Ventilation / Temperatures
h) Sea sickness
i) Laminitis and lameness

OTHER WELFARE CONCERNS INCLUDE
• Lack of ability to provide veterinarian support and care on vessels
• Lack of emergency slaughter protocols
• Downer animals and trampling
• Offloading and other animal welfare concerns of animals in country of destination

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    1. THANK YOU FOR STANDING UP AGAINST CRUELTY

      Dear Animal Warrior

      Thank you for supporting us by signing support for the following e-mail campaign:
      STOP SHIPS OF SHAME – LIVE ANIMAL EXPORT : sadly we lost a court case to get a shipment stopped and we continue to work on this terrible trauma and suffering; however your support made a difference in bringing this issue to the table.
      We will not give up until animals are put first and cruel practices, particularly those in animal related industries including sport and entertainment are stopped.

      WE NOW HAVE A PAYPAL ACCOUNT
      Chances are that you may have a PayPal account. If so, we are pleased to advise that we have set up a PayPal account to enable supporters to gift us from anywhere in the world securely and cost-effectively. The facility can be accessed via our DONATE Page at www.nspca.co.za or if preferred go directly to your PayPal account and use the reference webmaster@nspca.co.za for the recipient
      then select the option 'I'm sending money to family or friends'.
      If requested our name is NATIONAL COUNCIL OF SPCAs

      IMPORTANT
      If you are already donating to an SPCA or other welfare organisation we urge that you continue to do so – this mail is only a notice to inform you that donations to the NSPCA can now be made via PayPal.

      SO WHAT, PERHAPS YOU MAY BE ASKING, IS IT THAT THE NSPCA DOES IN SOUTH AFRICA?
      As the largest and most influential animal welfare organisation in South Africa we bring hope to animals in outlying rural areas which are served by no other welfare organisations or Vets, we bring hope to working animals and their owners who rely on them with our national campaign to provide good comfortable harnessing to nearly half a million donkeys, teaching their owners how to care for them properly and maintain carts in good working condition and not overload.
      We bring hope to dogs and other victims of dog fighting.
      We bring hope to farm animals by with announced inspections and working towards better conditions under which they are kept and handled. As we do in bringing hope to wildlife by continually working towards better conditions when they are come under the control of man.
      So too do we bring hope to animals being used for research with regular inspections and by working towards finding and introducing alternatives to replace their use.

      WITH YOUR HELP WE CAN CONTINUE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR ANIMALS IN CHALLENGING CRUELTY AND BRINGING HOPE WHEREVER WE FIND ABUSE.

      Best wishes
      Dave Thorpe
      For The Communications Team

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    • katty vandenberghe PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA
      • 4 months ago

      We must end all forms of slavery.

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    • Kim Trollip PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA
      • 4 months ago

      These are our fellow Earthlings, what we do to them, we do to ourselves :-(

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    • SUSAN WYLIE WILDERNESS, SOUTH AFRICA
      • 4 months ago

      Horrific and cruel conditions, just to save money, the new god, it is disgusting

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    • Heather Graham SANTA FE, TX
      • 4 months ago

      Animals deserve a life free of suffering! They are not property, they are living sentient beings! Please stop this.

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    • halima ibrahim DURBAN, USA
      • 4 months ago

      this can not be happening to our poor animals who can not speak for them selves. the suffering that they going threw is just so sad.. they feel every bit of pain. PLEASE STOP THIS!!!

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