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August 06, 2020 - Nasdaq

South African animal rights group asks court to ban live sheep shipments by Kuwaiti firm

South African animal rights group asks court to ban live sheep shipments by Kuwaiti firm
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A South African animal rights group is seeking a court order banning a Kuwaiti firm from shipping tens of thousands of sheep across the equator to the Middle East during summer months in conditions it called "extreme cruelty".

The case is the latest attempt by South Africa's National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) to block such sheep exports, and it is pressing the government to introduce new regulations on how live animals are transported.

On Thursday, the NSPCA asked Grahamstown High Court in the Eastern Cape for an interim court interdict preventing a ship belonging to Kuwaiti livestock exporter Al Mawashi from sailing out of South Africa's East London port with around 70,000 sheep.

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