South Africa's 'cruel' livestock export under fire
PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa (AFP) - A ship carrying 3,500 head of cattle, goats and sheep will on Tuesday leave South Africa for the island paradise of Mauritius - and the slaughterhouse - despite an outcry over "inhumane" livestock exports.
South Africa's international live animal trade has come under fire for the brutal transport conditions, when the country has adequate slaughter facilities to give them a more humane death.
The heated battle between animal rights groups and exporters has been fought out in the courts and provoked death threats, but it has done little to deter a multi-million dollar industry.
"This is one of the cruellest methods of transporting animals in existence," said National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) head Marcelle Meredith.