Irish Authorities Block Entry Of Livestock Carrier Over EU Sanctions Violation

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The Sarah M, a 45-year-old livestock carrier, has been denied entrance into Ireland, leading to controversy about its classification under the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping.

The vessel, floating aimlessly in the Mediterranean around Southern Europe, had its intended route cut short after being flagged by Ethical Farming Ireland, a renowned non-governmental organisation that advocates for animal rights.

Sarah M was scheduled to arrive at Port of Greenore on Ireland’s Northeast Coast on April 30 to load cattle for export.

However, the plans were immediately halted when it was discovered that the vessel had recently changed its classification to the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping, which placed it under European Union restrictions.

Following the disclosure, Irish authorities barred its entry into the country.

Ethical Farming Ireland played a critical role in bringing attention to the vessel’s classification, citing EU sanctions against Russia pressing for adherence to maritime regulations.

The NGO’s efforts prevented Sarah M from engaging in its intended trade.

According to reports, Sarah M, which has a history in the livestock trade, had its operational license previously cancelled due to regulatory violations.

Despite this, it continued to operate while undergoing ownership changes and alterations in flag registrations.

The vessel, which was supposed to export 2,000 bulls from Ireland, has become a focal point in the ongoing discussion regarding the welfare of animals in maritime transportation.

Ethical Farming Ireland raised concerns about the conditions onboard, citing insufficient nutrition, overcrowding, and animal discomfort.

The incident highlights deeper issues affecting Ireland’s agricultural sector, which relies heavily on live exports.

With a reported 14% increase in cow exports last year, totalling more than $200 million, the stakes are high for both industry stakeholders and animal rights advocates.

Sarah M’s fate is uncertain as it remains adrift off the coast of Spain.

The vessel, now scrutinised for its classification and compliance with international sanctions, is awaiting additional directives as regulatory authorities and advocacy groups increase their attention.

These incidents raise concerns about the welfare of animals during transit, the enforcement of maritime laws, and the broader consequences for global trade and international relations.

Reference: Splash247

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