• The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) is responsible for the welfare of animals in South Africa.
  • DAFF has no regulations in place to manage the export of live animals by sea.
  • The only legislation that is in place to protect animals in South Africa, is the Animals Protection Act (APA).
  • The APA does not address the export of live animals by sea.

Live Animal Export Facts

  • Farm animals are exported from South Africa to Mauritius every year.
  • The Page Farming Trust in East London is the sole exporter of live farm animals from East London to Mauritius.
  • Cattle are brought in from feedlots all over the country to the Page Farming Trust
  • Converted motorcar carriers are used to transport the farm animals to Mauritius.
  • The sea journey between East London and Port Louis, Mauritius, may last anything between ten and thirteen days, depending on ocean conditions.
  • Cattle are loaded onto different decks made of iron grids.
  • Urine and faeces from the upper levels fall onto the animals on the lower levels.
  • Animals on the lower decks become covered in faeces and are unable to breathe properly due to poor ventilation.
  • There is an overpowering smell, and ammonia builds up because animal excretions are not removed regularly.
  • The animals become fatigued because they do not have space to all lie down at the same time.
  • Noise, lighting, heat and the motion of the vessel all add to higher stress levels.
  • Mauritius claims to have updated its animal welfare laws. However, undercover footage by Animals Australia in Mauritius towards the end of 2013, suggests that this has not happened. You can watch the footage here:
  • There is no reason why these animals cannot be slaughtered in South Africa, and the meat then exported to Mauritius (NOTE: Ban Animal Trading is against the slaughter of animals for any reason, and does not condone such acts).

How can the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries allow animals from South Africa to be exported to a country where they will face this kind of cruelty

How Can You Help?

  • Please spread the word about the cruelty of live animal exports.
  • Be an advocate for animals. Advise your friends and family about the cruelty of live animal exports.
  • Write to your local newspaper to express your concern about this cruel practice.


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