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Pakistan tragic crisis - does anyone KNOW how many sheep there are?
« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2012, 10:31:03 PM »
Pakistan resumes cull of 'diseased' Australian sheep.

Pakistan has resumed culling a shipment of Australian sheep stranded in the port city of Karachi following a dispute over whether the animals are fit for human consumption.

The sheep had been turned away from Bahrain after authorities said the flock of 28,600 carried disease.

  Pakistani labourers take care of Australian sheep at a farm in Bin Qaisim town height=467
Photo: Pakistan officials have ordered the sheep being kept near Karachi be slaughtered (AFP: Asif Hassan) 

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.

It is expected to take two to three days to complete.

A spokesman said the Australian High Commission in Islamabad was shocked by the move.

On Thursday, Australian High Commissioner Peter Heyward had issued a statement welcoming a settlement which he said would allow the sheep to be processed as intended after independent tests confirmed the animals were fit for human consumption.

The incident has renewed calls for a total end to Australia's live export trade, which is worth about $1 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 South Asia correspondent Michael Edwards, wires  Updated Sat Oct 20, 2012 9:23am AEDT
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