Newborn lambs at feedlot South Africa ahead of live animal export, serious animal welfare concerns

Newborn lambs at feedlot South Africa ahead of live animal export

Two newborn lambs were discovered among animals who are waiting to be loaded onto a ship for live animal export. The animal will be sent from South Africa to the Middle East.

On Monday, the National Council of Societies for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) discovered the newborn lambs during an inspection of a feedlot in South Africa.

The feedlot is preparing to load 60,000 sheep, 1,500 cattle, and 200 goats onto the live animal carrier Al Messilah. The ship arrived in South Africa on Tuesday and is destined for Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.

The NSPCA inspectors identified severe animal welfare issues. They found lack of shade and water at the feedlot, the presence of dead animals, and suspicions of pregnant sheep within the flock. 

The organization plans to use a pregnancy scanning machine to ensure no pregnant animals are transported, as transporting pregnant sheep is prohibited.

“All these animals are just not ready for the journey, and everything is being rushed,” Nazareth Appelsamy, the manager of the NSPCA’s farm animal unit told the South African based newspaper The Daily Maverick

The animals at the feedlot come from all over South Africa. “Rich Saudis are stripping the country of livestock,” Appelsamy said, adding concerns about the impact on the local market. 

In August 2023, the NSPCA charged the same feedlot manager with cruelty for inhumanely removing the horns of 126 rams. 

The organization has ongoing legal actions against Al Mawashi, the owner of the Al Messilah, and the local feedlot managers.

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