Bernadette Wicks
Senior court reporter
3 minute read
10 May 2021
10:00 pm

Plea to government to ban ‘barbaric and cruel’ live animal exports

Bernadette Wicks

'Live export causes horrific cruelty to animals and, in a similar vein, no amount of profit can justify such a practice.'

Government has called for public comment on new draft guidelines for the transportation of live animals by sea. Photo for illustration: iStock

Lobbyists have likened the live animal export trade with that of illicit drugs and human organs, in another impassioned plea to government to outlaw what they describe as “a barbaric and cruel industry that creates needless suffering and death”. The department of agriculture, land reform and rural development last month put out a call for public comment on a new set of draft guidelines for the transportation of live animals by sea. And Animal Law Reform South Africa (ALRSA) – a nonprofit organisation which works to, among others, “strengthen and develop legislation and policy relating to animal and human protection...