Another cattle ship in Spain is headed to the slaughterhouse after 3 months of ordeal at sea. This comes within weeks after another livestock ship met a similar fate.
This happened after several countries denied taking the cattle cargo on grounds of a disease outbreak. The Spanish port authorities deemed 1600 calves to be unfit based on virginity tests and now the country’s judicial system has asked the law ministry to explain it as WHO guidelines demarcate the tests unscientifically and unreliable.
As per animal rights groups and activists, a Spanish inquiry report has highlighted how the ship’s crew had cut down 180 cattle and thrown them into the sea.
The Agricultural Ministry has defended this action saying the conditions of the cattle demanded such action of isolation and slaughtering. This prevented further suffering of the animals.
The Ministry revealed that they will proceed with culling if the company fails to do it by Thursday. The calves are no longer suitable for transport to any other country or reentry to Spain.
The livestock carrier Elbeik had left for Turkey from the Tarragona port with 1789 Cattles back in December but the repeated rejection of the cattle cargo made its return to Cartagena last week. Another ship Karim Allah had a similar fate after being rejected by Turkey and Libya.
Despite proper health authorization certificates, the livestock was rejected repeatedly which has prompted many animal rights groups like Igualdad Animal to demand a livestock export ban.
The group made public parts of the agriculture ministry’s report which had vet reports and the crew’s confession of killing 179 cattle. The report stressed on the disastrous conditions onboard the ships were malnourished and dehydrated animals were crammed in spaces. The vet report said many of them already had visible health problems like skin marks.
However, the Agriculture Ministry denied that the report was true.