SHC seeks fresh medical report on Australian sheep
29 September, 2012
KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Friday rejected laboratory reports on the Australian sheep suspected of being infected with harmful diseases, directing authorities to send fresh samples to London for further tests.
More than 7000 sheep from a shipment of over 20,000 that was rejected in Bahrain due to concerns over scabby mouth were inhumanely slaughtered en masse in Pakistan. The Sindh Livestock Department ordered the culling of the sheep, which was halted after Perth-based exporter Wellard and Pakistani importer PK Livestock secured a High Court injunction and thousands of sheep were brutally killed, reportedly by untrained workers.
The SHC ordered the fresh reports to be presented in court within three weeks. The SHC had ordered provisional testing by veterinary and microbiological experts of the nearly 20,000 sheep imported from Australia.
Justice Maqbool Baqar of SHC, hearing the case on Friday, expressed his reservations over the report by Islamabad National Laboratory, asking for fresh samples to be sent to London for further tests and report to be submitted by October 19.
The court also issued orders to the concerned police superintendent for installation of CCTV cameras and security measures around the farm where the sheep were being kept.