Re the ‘Sarah M’ livestock carrying ship taking live Bulls from Ireland to Libya.
The vessel is due to arrive in Libya today, 8/8/20; read more on all our information at:
Note that this position below is not current now –
This is the latest position (8/8/20) information that we have:
As you can see from this link, the ‘Sarah M’ livestock carrier was constructed in 1979 – 41 years ago !
It is currently registered in Panama; which we do not think is No1 in the world when it comes to crews being aware of EU live animal transport regulations – which is the case here as the vessel has sailed from Ireland; and existing EU member state.
The shipment puts the total number of Irish animals exported to Libya this year at about 7,600. In 2019, according to emailed data from Ireland’s Department of Food, Agriculture and the Marine (DAFM), cattle exports to Libya totalled 13,122 animals.
Two of the companies known to ship cattle from Ireland to Libya are Purcell Brothers and Curzon Livestock. Neither responded to calls, texts, or emails asking for comment. No comment was provided either by the European Commission.
Here is a link to the Purcell Brothers site – https://purcellbrothers.com/
And here is a link to the Curzon Livestock site – http://www.curzonlivestock.com/
Contact details Curzon – http://www.curzonlivestock.com/contact.html
Contact Purcell – https://purcellbrothers.com/contact
We can do nothing to help the animals on this vessel. It seems that they have now arrived at their destination and will be unloaded and headed off for ritual slaughter very soon.
In May this year, a letter from over 30 welfare organizations to EU Agriculture Commissioner, Janusz Wojciechowski, and EU Health and Food Safety Commissioner, Stella Kyriakides, called for a ban on animal exports to Libya. Commissioner Kyriakides is charged with enforcing animal welfare laws.
Libya has been in chaos since 2011. The NGO letter argues that animals in Libya risk missile fire, the potential use of chemical weapons, and the possibility of COVID-19-related quarantines at anchorage, potentially adding an extra 14 days to any journey. From Ireland, livestock ships take about nine days to reach Libya. The animals’ eventual slaughter, the letter said, likely entails “extreme and prolonged pain and fear.”
The Commission’s response to the NGOs, which came in a letter last week, has sparked outrage. “The Commission’s reply is a disgrace,” says Compassion in World Farming lawyer, Peter Stevenson. The letter, he said, shows “gross cynicism” and is surprising and disappointing given Commissioner Kyriakides’ “personal commitment to animal welfare.”
“Her letter says exports to Libya are taking place in a context of private operations and that the Commission cannot prevent such operations as long as they are carried out in accordance with EU legislation. With respect to the Commissioner, this is nonsense,” Stevenson said.
“One of the key roles of the Commission and the EU member states is to regulate what private operators do, either through legislation or policy frameworks,” Stevenson said. Sending animals on long sea journeys to a war zone is “clearly at odds” with Article 13 of the Treaty of the Functioning of the European Union which stipulates the Commission and member states pay full regard to animal welfare, he said.
We (WAV) and sister site SAV – read and see lots more here about our live export investigation work https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/about-us/ have always said that the EU are complete and utter junk when it comes to protecting live animals during transport. This is despite their Regulation 1/2005 which is supposed to ‘protect’ live animals during transport.
In our opinion, and that of most other NGO’s and animal welfare organisations; the EU regulation for the ‘protection’ of animals during transport is worth less than the paper it is written on.
I will leave you to review the facts given, and to make your own decisions on animal transport.
Regards Mark – Kent, England