According to the EU Observer, hundreds of thousands of animals trapped behind the stuck ship in the Suez Canal could be in peril. Even now as the ship is unstuck, some 16 ships full of live animals were waiting for safe passage for multiple days.
Gabrile Păun, the EU director for Animals International, said that tragedy might be unavoidable, as the animals have been left without adequate food or water. While EU law requires ships to carry 25 percent more food than planned to avoid delays, this excessive delay would still mean ships are running out of food. And according to Păun, many ships don’t travel with extra food.
Source: SteelGuru Business News/YouTube
“A ship that left Romania on 16 March was scheduled to arrive in Jordan on 23 March, but instead it would now reach port on 1 April at the earliest. That is a nine-day delay. Even if the ship had the required 25 percent additional animal feed, it would only have lasted for 1.5 days”, he told the EU Observer.
One ship carrying livestock, the Nabolsi, has been sailing for 21 days after departing from Colombia on March 6, Marine Traffic spokesman Georgios Hatzimanolis shared, and was waiting for passage at the blocked canal. Even with the moving traffic, that’s still a significant delay for live animals.
11 vessels with 105,272 sheep and 1,613 cattle are coming from Romania, according to the New York Times. “We have contacted the competent authorities in Egypt, as well as transporters and business operators, and measures have been undertaken in order to supplement the quantities of feed on the livestock vessels where is needed,” the Romanian veterinary and food and safety authority said in an emailed statement to the outlet.
Thanks to @PartijvdDieren @anjahazekamp a commission of inquiry was installed to investigate the structural suffering of animals during marine transport. Despite all evidence, this is still being denied by some of those responsible! We call on @SKyriakidesEU to #StopLiveTransport pic.twitter.com/ArQEE7oRWt
— PartyfortheAnimals (@Party4Animals) March 29, 2021
Recently, England and Wales banned the export of live animals for slaughter abroad. Government members said that their intention is to “strengthen the UK’s position as a world leader on animal welfare” by “ensur[ing] that animals are spared stress prior to slaughter.” The EU has yet to adopt such a ban.
Sign this petition calling on the European Union to ban live animal exports!
- Inside the Live Animal Export Industry and Why it Needs to End Now!
- 2,400 Sheep Died On Horrific Live Export Ship
- Yes! Australia’s Largest Live Sheep Exporter Suspended Thanks to Public Outrage
- New Zealand Suspends Live Cattle Exports After Ship Sinks with 6,000 Cows Onboard
- 5,000 Pets Left For Dead in Cardboard Boxes at Shipping Depot in China
- Nearly 15,000 Sheep Drowned on Overcrowded Cargo Ship
For more Animal, Earth, Life, Vegan Food, Health, and Recipe content published daily, subscribe to the One Green Planet Newsletter! Also, don’t forget to download the Food Monster App on iTunes — with over 15,000 delicious recipes it is the largest meatless, vegan, and allergy-friendly recipe resource to help reduce your environmental footprint, save animals and get healthy! Lastly, being publicly-funded gives us a greater chance to continue providing you with high-quality content. Please consider supporting us by donating!