After much back and forth, the freighter “Karim Allah” has now returned to the port of Cartagena in southern Spain. The animals began to be unloaded there on Saturday, as reported by the state TV broadcaster RTVE. Spanish media reported that they were supposed to be killed in a tent by the pier and the carcasses disposed of. 22 cattle have already died during the months at sea.
Cattle killed at the port
Selling the animals in Spain is not possible because the importation of live cattle from outside the EU is prohibited. After an inspection in Cartagena, the sanitary authorities announced that the animals could no longer be transported to a third country, as the newspaper “El País” reported. A court in Madrid then approved the emergency slaughter on Friday. The owner wanted to prevent this and tried to find a buyer in another country.
Hundreds of cows cooped up on freighters
Around 900 cows that have been cooped up on a freighter on the Mediterranean for a good two months are causing animal rights activists great concern. After a long odyssey with the …
The freighter with the cattle left Cartagena on December 18th. At the destination in the Turkish Mediterranean port of Iskenderun, however, the cattle were turned away by the Turkish authorities because they were suspected of being sick. Bluetongue is an insect-borne viral disease that affects sheep in particular, but also cattle and goats.
Cargo ship rejected
The cattle ship then reportedly called on Libya in the hope of being able to sell the animals there. But the local authorities also forbade that. In search of food for the animals, the “Karim Allah” drove towards Tunisia, where the ship was turned away. It was only in the port of Augusta in Sicily that food could be brought on board after the animals had only received water for three days according to the newspaper “El Pais”. Then the freighter sailing under the Lebanese flag returned to Cartagena.
Odyssey in the Mediterranean
According to RTVE, around 1,800 other young animals from Spain are currently in a similar situation on the cattle freighter “Elbeik” flying the Togo flag, which was also turned away in Turkey and Libya on suspicion of bluetongue. According to information from tracking services for ships north of Crete, the ship was on a southerly course on Saturday.
(Quelle: What / Dpa)