Update 1/8/19 1120hrsGMT.
Kuwait city is +2 hrs AHEAD of UK GMT.
The current temperature in Kuwait City is 46 Degrees.
The Romanian sheep carrying vessel ‘Al Shuwaikh’ has now arrived at Kuwait city, putting into dock very near to the Ghazaki Road near to other vessels ‘APL Gulf Express’ and ‘Portland II’ .
Therefore it is clear that the vessel will dock today – 1/8/19; and not on the 3/8 as previously scheduled.
Further reading of interest:
The (Australian) Secretary has signed an Order prohibiting sheep exports from 1 June 2019 to 31 August 2019—the first ever prohibition on the export of sheep on animal welfare grounds.
So now it is ok to take EU sheep from Romania at this time ? – does the EU care ? – Read on:
Romanian authorities have flouted Commissioner Andriukaitis’ call on Thursday to the Romanian Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to stop the transport to Kuwait, Qatar and the UAE. In his plea, the Commissioner stressed the impossibility of complying with EU animal welfare legal provisions under the extreme temperatures on the route.
Sources at the Romanian port of Midia say that they are being prevented from approaching the vessel – the Al Shuwaikh, owned by the Kuwaiti company Livestock Transport & Trading (KLTT) – but that they can “hear the animals loud and clear”.
In 2018 animals on KLTT vessels were found baking in their own skins, gasping for air, smothered in faeces and unable to lie down to rest or even reach food or water. During such voyages, heat and humidity combinations reach levels that cause heat stroke, resulting in sheep literally cooking alive in the holds of vessels.
“Despite the intervention of Commissioner Andriukaitis, Petre Daea has turned a deaf ear to the fact that this shipment is likely to breach Art 3 of the EU Regulation (EC) 1/2005 stating that animals shall not be transported in a way likely to cause injury or undue suffering,” says Reineke Hameleers, Director of Eurogroup for Animals. “According to EU legislation on transport, if animal welfare cannot be guaranteed until the final destination, transportation should not take place. We need infringement proceedings right now.”
If they reach their destination alive, the animals will be slaughtered without stunning for the “Festival of Sacrifice” which takes place in August.
WAV Comment – we wait to see the harsh penalties that the EU is going to enforce on Romania for this farce – or will it be just a wrist slap ?