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: Pak authorities order poisoning of infected sheep from Aus 16.9.2012
: Export News Tasmania September 23, 2012, 07:46:02 PM
Pakistani authorities have ordered the poisoning of 21,000 sheep imported from Australia, after they were found to be infected with harmful bacteria and deemed unfit for human consumption.

The consignment of sheep had become a major subject of controversy with even the Australian High Commissioner, Peter Heyward, intervening in the matter at one point.

However, the Sindh provincial authorities have started poisoning the 21,000 infected sheep after concluding that it was infected with salmonella and actinomyces bacteria.

The consignment was initially shipped to Bahrain by Australian company, Wellard Exports, but Bahrain rejected it after reportedly finding them infected with scabby mouth disease.

The sheep were than shipped to the Karachi Port Trust on September 5 by a local importer and the Sindh government provisionally cleared the consignment.

Sindh Livestock and Fisheries Secretary, Syed Abid Ali Shah, had also said the Australian sheep were not infected with any contagious bacteria and were healthy.

Even the Australian high commissioner to Pakistan said that the sheep had been inspected at the Karachi port and were cleared.

But Commissioner Karachi, Roshan Ali Sheikh, gave the orders for the elimination of the sheep through administration of poisonous injections after lab tests confirmed the infections.

Shaikh said that the process of killing and dumping the sheep has begun under the supervision of deputy commissioner of Karachi.

He added that officials from the federal and provincial governments along with the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) are present on the site to oversee the process that might take a few days.

The commissioner said that the process was initiated on the directives of Livestock Department, as they said that the sheep were not "safe for human consumption."

Thousands of sheep are sacrificed by Pakistani Muslims during the festival of Eid-ul-Azha, which this year will fall in the last week of October.

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: Re: Pak authorities order poisoning of infected sheep from Aus
: Export News Tasmania September 23, 2012, 07:47:48 PM
They are not injecting them any more, just butchering them
: Re: Pak authorities order poisoning of infected sheep from Aus
: born_for_freedom September 23, 2012, 08:42:48 PM
Apparently the exporter was to have a nation named as a contingency on the permit, yet at the time of the permit being issued, Pakistan was not ESCAS approved.

It seems within a day or two of Pakistan being organised as to take the sheep, miraculously ESCAS was in place.

Was the arrangement just between exporter and Pakistani importer to take the sheep? Did the Pakistani Govt know and agree?

If they knew and agreed why all the fuss?

If they did not know and agree with the importation of the sheep, why did the Australian Govt not discuss the issue before the sheep were sent to the country?

Maybe because it is better the sheep went somewhere than float around the sea on the vessel - just like thousands did on the Cormo Express.

The Pakistani Govt plays the 'animals are infected' card - is this to appease their Bahraini mates who originally rejected the sheep?