Not such a good year for KLTT and its partners. In November, live export company Emanuel Exports and two of its former directors have pleaded not guilty to animal cruelty charges stemming from a voyage to the Middle East on which about 2400 sheep died. Now formal charges have been laid against Al Mawashi (KLTT) in South Africa. The charges relate to carrying of animals in such conditions that cause them unnecessary suffering (under terms of the Animals Protection Act No 71 of 1962).
According to NSPCA, the charges were laid against the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) as well as Eastern Cape Rural Development and Agrarian Reform, Al Mawashi (the company shipping the sheep on the livestock carrier Al Shuwaikh which has a company in South Africa), the captain of the Al Shuwaikh, the Page Farming Trust and individuals from the Page Farming Trust.
The NSPCA claims that conditions on board the Al Shuwaikh included dangerously high ammonia levels on some of the enclosed decks, dirty conditions including feces in the food and water troughs, and other welfare concerns. A far cry it would seem from the pristine footage from the same ship from Dr Holly Ludeman and her sidekicks. Dr Peta Lewis in one video states that "the crew really cares" so it is interesting that the NSPCA claim to have such a different experience and that they have also laid charges against the Al Shuwaikh captain....who was almost certainly the same as that in the Australian industry footage.
Now where were we on "black swans"????
- KLTT owns the Al Messilah and the Al Shuwaikh, two of the main ships used by Emanuels
- KLTT operates in Kuwait and South Africa as Al Mawashi
- RETWA is the Australian subsidiary of KLTT
- in 2003, Mr Graham Daws was Managing Director of RETWA when its licence was suspended by DAFF due to four high mortality shipments...
- during the RETWA suspension, Mr Daws was able to continue to export animals under an export licence held by Emanuel Exports Pty Ltd...a licence now cancelled with its directors charged.