Spain: Cartagena Port suspends exports of livestock following Bluetongue disease incident.

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Murcia Today - Cartagena Port Suspends Export Of Livestock As Transporter  Returns With Outbreak Of Bluetongue On Board
Photo – Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF)

Cartagena Port suspends exports of livestock following Bluetongue disease incident

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By Andrew Atkinson

A cargo ship that has been at sea for almost two months that left Cartagena Port with hundreds of cows on board has returned to dock – with dead cows caused by Bluetongue disease.

Cartagena Port has temporarily suspended exports of livestock following the incident.

The Karim Allah departed Cartagena on December 18 with 800 head on board heading for Turkey, where it was refused entry.

It is one of two animal cargo transporters that has been affected with the Bluetongue disease. The Elbeik that departed Tarragona was refused entry into Libya and is moored off the coast of Cyprus.

The Karim Allah is the only animal transporter ship that has left Cartagena to have had any issues, with millions of cattle having departed to destinations over the years.

“The animals were fit and healthy having left the Port in December,” said the President of the Cartagena Port Authority.

Many of the cows have died, with others in a state of poor health, due to the non-contagious Bluetongue disease.

The Animal Welfare Campaign has called for a ban following the incident.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries have undertaken an inspection of the Karim Allah after docking at Cartagena Port.

Caption: The Karim Allah departed Cartagena on December 18 with 800 head on board heading for Turkey, where it was refused entry. Photo: Animal Welfare Campaign.

Source – Cartagena Port suspends exports of livestock following Bluetongue disease incident – The Leader Newspaper

The odyssey of the 2,700 Spanish cattle that have been roaming the Mediterranean for two months.

The odyssey of the 2,700 Spanish cattle that have been roaming the Mediterranean for two months – Teller Report

Last Monday, February 22, the ship Karim Allah, loaded with 880 head of Spanish cattle, returned to Cartagena (Murcia), from where it had left on December 18.

The odyssey of the 2,700 Spanish cattle that have been roaming the Mediterranean for two months – Teller Report

Last Monday, February 22, the ship Karim Allah

, loaded with 880 head of Spanish cattle, returned to Cartagena (Murcia), from where it had left on December 18.

He was returning to the place of departure after spending more than two months roaming the Mediterranean after Turkey, the country to which the merchandise was destined, refused to accept it, considering insufficient documentation that proved that the cattle were free from the disease of the blue tongue

.The return to Spain seemed the definitive solution to a surrealist commercial conflict that, however, has not yet closed.

Since Monday, the ship has been anchored in the vicinity of the port of Cartagena, but does not ask for permission to enter before the warning of the Ministry of Agriculture

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