October 21, 2012 ·0 Comments
Pakistani authorities claimed the Australian sheep were infected, but later tests showed the animals were disease-free. (AFP: Asif Hassan)
An entire shipment of Australian sheep stranded in the Pakistani port city of Karachi for several weeks has been culled by authorities.
The sheep had been turned away from Bahrain after authorities said the flock of 28,600 carried disease.
When they arrived in Karachi, authorities there also claimed testing showed the sheep were contaminated and ordered the destruction of the animals.
A court order halted the cull after the deaths of 7,600 sheep and an independent test carried out in Britain showed the flock to be disease-free.
But Karachi authorities have rejected these tests and resumed the cull. All 21,000 sheep have now been killed.
There are claims the animals had been brutally treated.
The cull was carried out in secret and the owners of the sheep, P.K Livestock, were not allowed to be present.
A spokesman said the Australian High Commission in Islamabad was shocked by the move.
The incident has renewed calls for a total end to Australia’s live export trade, which is worth about $US1 billion a year and employs around 10,000 people.
Australia suspended live cattle exports to Indonesia for a month last year after a Four Corners documentary revealed mistreatment inside its abattoirs, only reinstating the trade under a strict new licensing system.
By Sahra Farah