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It took all of 18 hours to load them onto the Holstein Express
... 2500 cattle and 500 goats – bound for slaughter in Mauritius.
Together with members of Ban Animal Trading, Eileen Chapman, for Compassion in World Farming, was there to witness their departure from the harbour at East London on 2nd July 2015.
“The saddest thing of all,” said Eileen afterwards, “ was when I flew out of East London that night on my way back to Johannesburg, and saw the most beautiful big golden moon shining over the sea. The amazing beauty of the moonlight, was completely overshadowed by my knowledge of the heart-breaking misery and trauma of the cows and goats on board the Holstein Express.”
Unheard of – cattle pant like dogs
in the searing heat of the ship’s hold.
Sea-sick South African cattle, en route to Mauritius,
awash in sea water and their own excrement.
"One day the absurdity of the almost universal human belief in the slavery of other animals will be palpable.
We shall then have discovered our souls and become worthier of sharing this planet with them."
- Martin Luther King Jr
Photos: earlier voyage from East London to Mauritius
Eileen said she saluted the courage and compassion of NSPCA inspectors in the face of such desperately tragic circumstances as every animal was loaded under terrible circumstances until four o’clock in the morning.
Asked for comment NSPCA CEO Marcelle Meredith said: “We stand opposed to the shipping of live animals because of the dreadful ordeal animals are forced to endure – transportation to the harbour, loading onto a ship over a period of many hours, and at least a week-long journey below deck in miserable conditions.
"Poor ventilation and unpredictable sea conditions lead to sea sickness which results in increased stress and suffering. It is a practice which needs to be stopped immediately since it does not adhere to any animal welfare principles.”
Eileen’s heartbreak was reported in The Times the next day. SEE ARTICLE - THE TIMES LIVE
Journey across the high seas... to slaughter
Shipping animals to slaughter
is a roaring trade across the world...
We are deluded if we think this trade is anything but SLAVERY on a scale the world has never seen before.
Photos: Courtesy CIWF Headquarters