Middle East bulk animal carrier Al Messilah’s pre-arrival in East London sparks outcry over livestock export

Sheep destined for the Middle East are loaded onboard the Al Messilah livestock vessel at the Fremantle wharf near Perth, Australia, 22 February 2019. (Photo: EPA-EFE / Trevor Collens)

Don Pinnock -1 April 2024

The bulk animal carrier Al Messilah – sister ship to the Al Kuwait, which stank out Cape Town in February with 19,000 cattle on board – is due to dock in East London on Tuesday.

One of the “ships of shame”, so called because of cruelty to their live animal cargo during long and gruelling voyages, the Al Messilah is to arrive in East London on Tuesday, 2 April 2024, after which it is scheduled to load about 60,000 sheep, 1,500 cattle and 200 goats destined for slaughter in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia…