Nautical news from Africa


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The National Council of SPCA’s (NSPCA) announced Tuesday night that the South African Government has...once again joined hands with Al Mawashi to export thousands of .. animals, the Middle East for slaughter in June this year.

Al Mawashi is a locally registered Kuwaiti company that imports livestock into the Middle East from several locations around the world, apparently without regard to what time of the year it is when the animals will be confined to crowded conditions on board ship. The company has partnered with local farmers in South Africa to ship tens of thousands of sheep and other animals and several consignments have been delivered.

The Port of East London is the only port in South Africa that handles this type of commodity, which appear not to be welcome at the other ports.

The NSPCA says that since 2019 it has been fighting for the countless animals that were, and still continue to be, subjected to the inherently cruel trade of exporting live animals by sea.

One never gets to see the state the sheep are in when they arrive at their destination, or what happens to them when they get there. Do the fleece's get turned into woolly slippers by the Kuwaitis? Seems a shame that East London doesn't just send the Kuwaitis vacuum packed refrigerated lamb chops, and cultivate a local industry processing the wool.

The Wool Board used to have a big warehouse above the harbour in East London (Eastern Cape, South Africa) where the occasional expo was held. Things like caravans on display, well known local brands like Jurgens and Sprite, and stuff for the kids, like candy floss.

It's a disgrace. Somebody ought to be picketing outside the High Commission on Trafalgar Square.


Lantern Swinger
It's a disgrace. Somebody ought to be picketing outside the High Commission on Trafalgar Square.

A poignant poem.

Mary, she had a little lamb
it's fleece was white as snow,
And everywhere that Mary went,
that lamb was sure to go.

Except one day, down in the docks,
a simple twist of fate,
Mary, the Master, and a Dame
ushered little lamb through a gate.

Young lamb, it is now time for you
to sail across the line
in conditions so abhorrent,
in heat, and filth, and grime.

Meanwhile, grazing on the hill
young Baa-Baa thanked his kindly stars,
and listened as a piper
played those old familiar bars.

"Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
that saved a wretch like me,
I once was lost, but now am found,
was blind, but now I see."