Australian experts ask SHC to order a halt on culling sheep

Published: September 20, 2012

Experts maintain that the sheep should be tested before they are culled. PHOTO: PPI/ FILE

KARACHI: Australian experts moved the Sindh High Court on Thursday asking the court to order a halt on culling thousands of imported sheep, reported Express News.

The experts maintained that the sheep should be tested before they are culled.

The Sindh High Court has already stayed the further culling of sheep, but the practice continues despite the order.

On Wednesday, Managing Director of Australia-based livestock exporter Wellard Rural Exports Stephen Meerwald also held a press conference and demanded an independent inspection of the animals by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). Meerwald added that until their findings were announced, the culling should immediately be stopped.

The importer of the sheep had earlier filed a petition and had claimed that the Islamabad-based Research and Safety Laboratory had declared the sheep as ‘clean of any disease’, and contended that the government authorities collected samples of sheep without permission.

Reader Comments (2)

  • Sep 20, 2012 - 5:16PM

    One Sheep costs @ A5$, so 21238 sheeps costing A$106,190 equivalent to 10,194,240 rupees. The question is this here in Pakistan, mutton cost per kg is round about 560Re as how the Australian exporter sold its who live sheep within A5$? This causes serious concern and invite to think the ambiguity in the deal. Further, rushing to the door by Australian high commission to the Pakistani authorities to safe its exporter whose huge investment in terms lf LC is seems to be gone to ashtray.

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  • LuvPak
    Sep 22, 2012 - 8:36AM

    Is there a remote chance that local cattle providers bribed the lab assistant for the “fixed” result to keep the high rates and so control the market? In a country like ours anything can be skrewed.

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