Category: Live Transport

EU: You Have Sidelined It For Decades; Now You Have To Address the Reality of EU Live Animal Exports. Continue to Ignore If You Wish, But It Will Be At Your Peril.

WAV Comment:  The ‘Mirror’ is a daily nation newspaper in the UK.  The scandal of the ‘Elbeik’ now calls on the EU to BAN live animal exports.

Now that the UK is free from the dragknuckles who run the EU, it is moving forward with legislation to ban live animal exports from the UK.  There was recently a consultation on the issue, of which we contributed over 46 A4 pages of evidence in relation to getting the ban.  The responses from all contributors (pro and anti export) are currently being revied at Defra; but we are very confident that a UK live animal export ban is now really starting to take initial steps.

Sadly for the animals, the EU has always attempted to avoid the subject like the plague; inventing investigations, reports and a lot more as delaying tactics to really addressing the issue.  The EU talks the talk but does nothing when it comes to changes even though it is provided with untold evidence.

Now with the experiences of the Karim Allah, the Elbeik, and more than 20 livestock carrying ships stuck in the Suez Canal; the EU has to follow the go it alone UK and start to address this issue with priority.

EU citizens have been calling for a ban for decades; it is only self opinionated politicians who ignore the issue; now this is a prime issue and they can ignore yet again, but it will be at their peril.

Regards Mark

The EU must follow Britain’s lead and ban the horrific livestock trade that causes so much suffering – Mirror Online


Above – Conditions for animals on the ‘Elbeik;.


England: Why We Need Your Support To Stop Maritime Live Animal Exports.

Live animals being shipped by sea.

These photos have nothing to do with the Karim Allah, or the current problems in the Suez Canal. 

We now do understand that they are from the ‘Elbeik’; which was going round the Med for over 3 months.

They have everything to with the conditions faced by some animals when they have suffered at sea for longer terms.

Unlike some others, we will not hesitate to show the reality of this business.

Please remember this photo when we ask for your help and support with regard issues trying to stop this disgusting trade.

All our live export posts can be found at Live Transport – World Animals Voice

Thanks; Regards



New Zealand: The NZ Government Will Soon Decide Whether to Ban Live Export. Your Input Needed Now – Immediately.

WAV Comment:  We hope that we have given you extra fodder over recent weeks on the issue of live animal exports.  The Karim Allah, the Elbeik; and now the issue of over 20 livestock vessels stopped because of the problems in the Suez Canal.

Live Transport – World Animals Voice

It is vital that NZ gets the message that it must stop live animal exports; so please send your message (link below) as soon as possible – there is not time to delay.

Regards Mark and Venus.

The NZ government will soon decide whether to ban live export.

The fate of hundreds of thousands of animals in New Zealand hangs in the balance. We’ve heard from our friends at the NZ group SAFE For Animals that their Prime Minister could be making a decision on a long-awaited review of the live export industry any day now.

Please urge Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern now to end live animal export for good.

Take Action by clicking on the following:

URGENT: Ask PM Jacinda Ardern to ban live export (

The review into live export, which started nearly two years ago, considered a range of options from improving systems to a total ban on this cruel practice. The papers are now with the government and they’ll decide soon which of these options to implement. So animals need your voice urgently today.

New Zealand hasn’t exported live animals for slaughter for many years, which is a testament to caring people speaking out against this cruelty. But a loophole has allowed the ongoing export of ‘breeder’ animals from New Zealand — meaning pregnant dairy cows are being shipped all the way to China and other countries around the world. There these vulnerable animals face repeated forced pregnancies, with their calves taken soon after birth, and eventual slaughter that doesn’t need to meet New Zealand standards.

One tragic outcome of this loophole trade was the Gulf Livestock 1 disaster last year. On 2 September 2020, the live export ship capsized in heavy seas and sank off the coast of Japan on the way to China. Forty-one of forty-three crew members and all 5,867 New Zealand cows onboard died at sea. Sadly, this was the latest in a long list of disasters at sea in the global live export industry.

Prime Minister Ardern and her Cabinet meet on Mondays: let’s make sure that emails from compassionate people have placed animals front of mind as they start their next meeting.

Take action for NZ cows »

The decision that New Zealand makes on this will also set a hugely important precedent for animals in Australia and other countries,

Please join other caring people in speaking out for cows and their calves now.

Together, we can take this important opportunity to call for a kinder future for animals in New Zealand and around the world.

For the animals

Lyn White AM
Animals Australia

England: 28/3/21 – At Least 20 Livestock Ships Caught in Suez Canal Logjam are ‘Biohazard Timebomb’, Charity Warns.

WAV Comment:  Well done ‘The Guardian’ (London) national press for keeping us so well informed on this issue. As usual and have we have seen with issues such as the capsize of the ‘Queen Hind’ in Midia (Ro); the jack arse Romanian government have nothing to say – just like their masters at the EU.  Everyone in power keeping tight lipped about animal suffering as always.  Today, 28/3; it would appear that there are now 20 livestock vessels having problems in relation to the Suez incident.

If this is not time to stop all live animal exports, then when is ?

Do politicians listen ? – Do they hell !

Regards Mark

View all our posts regarding live transport by visiting:  Live Transport – World Animals Voice

Suez Canal: Livestock ships caught in logjam pose ‘ticking biohazard timebomb’, charity warns | The Independent

Suez Canal: Livestock ships caught in logjam are ‘biohazard timebomb’, charity warns

At least 20 vessels carrying live animals, according to industry tracking data, which could pose problems if Ever Given rescue effort proves prolonged and feed supplies run low

With the MV Ever Given mega-ship still stranded in the Suez Canal and blocking traffic in both directions, it emerges that at least 20 of the cargo vessels forced to queue in the MediterraneanRed Sea and along the historic waterway are carrying livestock, raising concerns about the animals’ welfare.

Data from freight tracking website Marine Traffic indicates that 11 of the delayed container ships are carrying cattle, sheep and other livestock, while the Australia-based NGO Animals International has identified a further nine, according to The Guardian.

Marine Traffic spokesperson Georgios Hatzimanolis said three of the carriers, the Omega Star, the Unimar and the Sea Star, “appear to be stuck at various points in the canal” rather than queuing for entry.

Gerit Weidinger, EU coordinator for Animals International, said the Unimar and Omega Star appear to have left Spain on 15 March and 16 March respectively while a further nine of the boats were loaded in Romania earlier this month.

While the animals aboard are not in immediate danger, the prospect of the rescue effort to free the Ever Given taking several weeks to accomplish poses serious questions about their welfare.

“I wouldn’t expect just after a two-day delay for a problem to have built up,” Peter Stevenson, chief policy officer at Compassion in World Farming, told Bloomberg. “It’s as time goes by that the problems get worse. Occasionally, there are real scandals when things go wrong, but it’s a day-to-day horror.”

“My greatest fear is that animals run out of food and water and they get stuck on the ships because they cannot be unloaded somewhere else for paperwork reasons,” Ms Weidinger said.

“Getting stuck on board means there is a risk of starvation, dehydration, injuries, waste buildup so they can’t lie down, and nor can the crew get rid of dead animal bodies in the canal. It’s basically a ticking biohazard timebomb for animals and the crew and any person involved.”

Companies transporting livestock by sea reportedly set sail with at least two or three days’ worth of extra hay or feed on board and could potentially have more delivered by barge if they cannot reach port in time, a process known as “midstream loading”.

The chaos in the canal began on Tuesday when the Ever Given, a 220,000-tonne container ship operated by Taiwanese shipping giant Evergreen was apparently blown off course by 30mph winds and became wedged in the bank, bringing traffic to a standstill in a trade route that accounts for approximately one-tenth of the world’s seaborne freight.

Efforts to free it using a team of tugboats, diggers and cranes have yet to see the ship refloated, with the ongoing delays to the delivery of container cargo expected to have widespread knock-on effects for the global supply chain.

“Even the slightest delay in traffic can result in congestion and disturb the delivery of goods and commodities on both sides,” analysts at S&P Global Platts warned earlier this week.

Earlier report from The Guardian:

At least 20 livestock ships caught in Suez canal logjam | Animals | The Guardian


At least 20 livestock ships caught in Suez canal logjam

Concerns for animals’ welfare if Ever Given blockage crisis is protracted

At least 20 of the boats delayed due to a stricken container ship in the Suez canal are carrying livestock, according to marine tracking data, raising concerns about the welfare of the animals if the logjam becomes protracted.

The 220,000-ton Ever Given is causing the longest closure of the Suez canal in decades with more than 200 ships estimated to be unable to pass, and incoming vessels diverting around southern Africa’s Cape of Good Hope.

Georgios Hatzimanolis, a spokesperson for the tracking website Marine Traffic, said while some livestock ships were waiting to enter the canal, three – the Omega Star, the Unimar and the Sea Star – “all appear to be stuck at various points in the canal”. Marine Traffic data showed 11 delayed livestock ships, while an NGO has identified others, bringing the total identified so far to 20.

Five of the ships identified had loaded animals in Spain, and nine had loaded in Romania earlier this month, according to the NGO Animals International.

Gerit Weidinger, EU coordinator for Animals International, said data from marine tracking websites indicated the Unimar left Spain on 15 March bound for Jeddah. The Omega Star left Spain, she said, on 16 March bound for Port Said.

There were no immediate welfare concerns for the animals, but if the Ever Given has to be lightened to make it easier to dislodge, using cranes to remove enough containers could take weeks and the surrounding ships would need to leave and find longer alternative routes.

The nearby ports of Said and Suez could be used to reload fodder if supplies run low, though the process may not be straightforward with so many ships in the queue.

Thousands of cattle have already been slaughtered this year because of delays at sea.

Two ships, the Karim Allah and the Elbeik, were forced to spend months away from port because their original destination refused to accept the animals due to a health paperwork dispute that raised fears the cattle could be carrying the bovine disease bluetongue. The dispute ignited a chain of events that saw both vessels eventually return to Spain.

The animals on board the ships returned in such a poor condition Spanish authorities ordered them to be slaughtered in the port of Cartagena. More than 850 cattle on the Karim Allah were slaughtered earlier in March, while the Elbeik slaughter is ongoing with an estimated 360 of the almost 1,800 who commenced the journey culled as of Thursday.

Weidinger said she was concerned if the crisis became protracted the animals’ welfare could become an issue.

“My greatest fear is that animals run out of food and water and they get stuck on the ships because they cannot be unloaded somewhere else for paperwork reasons,” she said.

“Getting stuck on board means there is a risk [for the animals] of starvation, dehydration, injuries, waste buildup so they can’t lie down, and nor can the crew get rid of dead animal bodies in the [Suez] canal. It’s basically a ticking biohazard timebomb for animals and the crew and any person involved,” she said.

Asked about the ships with Spanish-origin livestock on board, the Spanish agriculture ministry said on Thursday: “We cannot tell you anything about these ships, but due to the blockage of the Suez canal as a result of the grounding of the cargo ship, the Spanish administration has given orders that no animal transport ships bound for Saudi Arabia and Jordan should be loaded until the canal can be navigated normally.”

Romanian agriculture and veterinary authorities have yet to comment.

Italy: lambs piled up and without water- 15 thousand euros fine for drivers!

The Traffic Police, as part of the usual checks prepared by the Department of Public Safety on the occasion of the Easter holidays, ordered a halt to an articulated vehicle used for transporting animals that were carrying a large load of lambs bound for Apulia (Italy)
In the truck, lambs piled up and without water!


It happened along with the A13 Bologna – Padua motorway, on the morning of 23 March around 11.00, when the agents pulled the heavy vehicle to the side outside the Altedo (Bologna) toll booth and found that the animals transported inside the semi-trailer were piled up. and without water.

When asked for clarification by the Agents, the two transporters showed signs of nervousness and impatience, so much so as to induce the Polstrada to investigate further with the help of the veterinarians of the Health Authority of Bologna USL.

After a thorough inspection, they ascertained that the animals were dehydrated because the watering system had not been previously supplied before departure. It was also ascertained that the lambs were too crowded together so as not to have enough space to move due to the high density, as well as due to the too low height of the roof between one loading floor and the other of the semi-trailer.

After supplying the lambs with water, connecting the water system of the barracks in the Altedo Subsection to that of the vehicle complex, policemen and veterinarians put pen to paper a long series of administrative penalties for the two drivers for a total of 15,000 euros.
In the coming weeks, the Traffic Police will further intensify checks on the transport of live animals.

This video is from Animals’ Angels and it accompanies the campaign of German Animal Welfare Office: “Animal transports don’t taste good”

Translated text:According to the law, transports up to 12 hours do not need a ventilation and drinking system (!!!)
Not a drop of water at 35 degrees in the shade
Sheep are transported on three levels.
Lambs even on four.
Lambs are entitled to less than 0.2 m² of space for transport.
Sheep need 10 times the transport time to recover – should they survive the transport.
The animals suffer from hunger and are often cured before dying of thirst
You can stop animal transport
Choose plant-based alternatives to meat, milk, and eggs”.

And I mean…The reason why animals are still transported alive is simple: a refrigerated truck for meat costs more.

Significantly more sheep and lambs are transported at Easter than usual, especially in southern Europe. The conditions for the animals on the relevant routes are mostly miserable.

Most trucks load up to 800 animals, which is not uncommon. The more “goods” the more money.
In this way, the transporters increase their profit – at the expense and suffering of the animals.

Because they are usually loaded on four floors, the lambs hit the ceiling with their heads.
That is not allowed, but who controls it?

In addition, they cannot lie and rest at the same time, run the risk of being trampled on by the other animals or have difficulty or no access to the water troughs.
If there is.
If this is not the case, as, in our present one, there are penalties.

A big THANK YOU to the Italian police.
They did nothing but their duty, namely to control the transport of animals and if there are sinners, punish them.

Sheep rescued from the capsized “Queen Hind”

This world would really have been a bit more bearable for the animals if everyone had done their job right and conscientious.

My best regards to all, Venus

England: Big Problems For Livestock Ships Stranded In the Suez Canal. We Have Major Concerns for Animal Welfare.

27/3/21 – I was hoping that I would not need to write this; especially after the farce involving the EU and animals in transport recently, but there is now another problem yet regarding live animals in maritime shipment, as before.  I will try to summarise from the information we currently have.

We all know about the very recent issues regarding the Karim Allah and the Elbeik which carried livestock for over 3 months; unable to find a port that would accept them – scroll here to see all the posts – Live Transport – World Animals Voice

Livestock vessels currently use the Suez Canal (Egypt)  to get from the Mediterranean Sea into the Red Sea when going to the Middle East.  The Suez is a small, narrow waterway.

In the past week, a huge 220,000 tonne container carrying ship called the ‘Ever Given’ managed to get jammed in the Canal; thereby blocking off access all other ships following behind.

Amongst these ships were several livestock carrying vessels; probably 8; Vessels Jersey, Unimar Livestock, Omega Star, Harmony Livestock, Dragon, Lady Maria, Sea Star Livestock, and Gemma star.

Some of these can be seen on one of our recent posts:  England: A Snapshot of the Maritime Livestock Trade – Vessels Currently Shipping Live Animals Around the World. A Disgusting Animal Abuse Issue. – World Animals Voice

All of them left from either Midia (Romania) or Cartagena (Spain).  We have no confirmation at this time, but suspect that the vessels from Romania were carrying sheep (Romania is a big sheep producing nation); and probably cattle being transported from from Spain.  Because of the number of livestock carrying ships involved, and the numbers of animals each are carrying; it is currently impossible to give an overall total for the numbers of animals involved in this crisis. But it will be in the ‘many thousands’.

By Friday 26/3, the maritime traffic jam had grown to more than 200 ships outside the Suez Canal, all affected by this one ship blockade.  With massive international pressure growing to resolve the issue, as well as the huge financial involvement of cargoes carried, the megaship’s owners, Japanese firm Shoei Kisen KK, said 10 tugboats had been deployed to attempt free it.

So, the current situation is that many livestock ships with animals on board are literally stranded in the Suez Canal.  Word from London today (27/3) is that a possible ‘free up and re float’ of the ‘Ever Given’ may take place very soon.  Knowing the situation on the Karim Allah and the Elbeik regarding lack of food and water; we naturally have concerns for the welfare of all animals carried on all the ships.

27/3 – I have checked all ship positions today, it has taken some research time, but I can confirm the following:

Vessel ‘Jersey’ – – registered Togo – en route to Jordan – stuck in Suez Canal.

Vessel ‘Unimar Livestock’ – registered Togo – en route to Jeddah – stuck in Suez Canal.

Vessel ‘Omega Star’ – no details

Vessel ‘Harmony Star’ – sailing under flag of Tanzania – en route to As Suways / Suez Port, Egypt.

Vessel ‘Dragon’ – sailing under the flag of Togolese Rep. – en route to Jordan – stuck in Suez Canal.

Vessel ‘Lady Maria’ – en route to the port of Jeddah – Waiting in Med Sea at entrance to Suez Canal.

Vessel ‘Sea Star Livestock’ – en route to As Suways / Suez Port, Egypt – stuck in Suez Canal.

Vessel ‘Gemma Star’ – no details.

So as you can see with so many large livestock carriers; problems to say the least !

Some of these vessels have been stuck for around 4-5 days now at least.

I hope this gives a small insight into livestock transportation by sea; and the mega problems (feed and watering etc) that just one incident such as this can bring.  Many of these vessels are heading to the Middle East where animals will be ritually slaughtered without any prior stunning.

This is all fuel to our fire in our work to get live animal exports stopped.

Regards Mark

EU: 5 Freedoms Was Not Enough; Now We Have 7 Demands !

WAV Comment:  I really wish I had an ounce of faith that all these Euro Yukspeak words actually meant something; but I completely lost faith in the Eurojargon about better animal welfare many years ago.  For me, over 30 years of live animal transportation investigations and experiences may have had something to do with the loss of faith in ‘the EU systems’ that ‘protect’ animals, in this case, during transport – EU Reg 1/2005 for the ‘protection of animals during transport’:

So now ‘the countdown is officially on’ ?

Now they talk about 7 key demands – and for so long over the years we have heard from the very same people about we the ‘five freedoms’ which should have applied to all animals within the EU:

The Five Freedoms include:

  • Freedom from Hunger and Thirst. By ready access to fresh water and diet to maintain health and vigour.
  • Freedom from Discomfort.
  • Freedom from Pain, Injury or Disease.
  • Freedom to Express Normal Behaviour.
  • Freedom from Fear and Distress.

These Five Freedoms are globally recognized as the gold standard in animal welfare, encompassing both the mental and physical well-being of animals; and the five freedoms have existed within EU strategy (on paper anyway) for quite a long time.

With so much undercover footage being presented to the EU over the years from farms, slaughterhouses, animals in transport, etc, by welfare organisations, showing failures across all the 5 freedoms, I guess we can say that the EU does not practice what it preaches. 

Yet here we are being told that there will be 7 key demands that will ‘shed light on the failures and poor enforcement of the current animal welfare legislation and call on the European Commission to commit to revising the entire legislation, leaving no animal behind’.

I really hope that no animal is ‘left behind’; but as I say, with a few years experience, and running animal welfare websites since 2005, cynical me thinks this is simply another stalling tactic by the EU simply because certain member states are not enforcing the regulations.  Romania and the sheep transporting ship which overturned leaving Midia – Romania: Secret Decks of Sheep On The ‘Queen Hind’ Which Sank at Midia ??. We Still Wait For EU Action and the Report Promised by the Romanian Government. – World Animals Voice  – February 2021, and still we have no answers !  So much for 5 freedoms, let alone 7 key demands !

The EU lost the plot on all this ‘animal welfare stuff’ many, many years ago; and I think the very recent incidents relating to the livestock carriers ‘Karim Allah’ and the ‘Elbeik’; where live animals were shipped around the Med for over 3 months, just shows what a complete and utter farce the whole EU ‘animal welfare’ thing is.   And I mean; have a look at just 2 of our past posts:

Spain: 10/3/21 – All Animals On The ‘Karim Allah’ Have Now Been Murdered By The Spanish Authorities After 3 Months at Sea. The Reality of Live Exports. – World Animals Voice

Togo: Live Animal Transport: Elbeik Still At Sea with 1700 Animals and Over 100 Feared Dead – Expected to Dock In Cartagena, Spain Tonight. ‘Karim Allah’ Killing Team Still In Cartegena. What Happens Later ? – World Animals Voice

Do not have any trust in the EU and its yukspeak, because that is exactly what it is – Yukspeak; or to put it another way; a means to further investigate, delay any action and produce yet more endless reports on what is the bloody obvious, and which everyone in the animal welfare lobby has known about and has been shouting about, and providing substantial evidence on for decades.

The EU is an over inflated no good – if it had any intentions of promoting animal welfare, then it would have acted a damn site more on animal transport legislation alone when we first saw the 1/2005 of that year come into force.  They failed then, they fail now, and they will continue to fail in the future.  Sadly, as always; it is the innocent animals that are the pawns, and who suffer as a result.

Regards Mark.

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Elbeik and EU: the absolute lowest point has been reached.

Spanish authorities find animals onboard the Elbeik in detrimental conditions

22 March 2021 AWF News

The Elbeik 1,600 bovines will be euthanized because of their detrimental health and welfare status

The animals on board the Elbeik vessel will soon be relieved from their sufferings. The vessels reached Cartagena (Spain) last Thursday with 1,600 animals still alive on board.

Since the vessel left Tarragona last December heading to Libya, 189 animals have already died.

10 dead bodies were still on board when the Elbeik docked at Cartagena, while another 179 were chopped during the journey and thrown into the Mediterranean sea, declared the vessel’s master. As uncertainty persists on the number of animals effectively loaded in December, the number of animals that died during the journey could even be higher.

The vessel’s master initially declared to the Spanish authorities that the animals were in a good health and welfare status, but then he acknowledged that their conditions have deteriorated progressively due to the long journey and that the mortality rate has increased significantly as the length of the journey expanded.

The Spanish veterinarian authorities, in the inspection report shared by our member Animal Welfare Foundation, confirmed that “The most remarkable thing at the time of the inspection was the bad general state of the animals in all the pens [..] it is possible to observe a considerable loss of weight, [..] ribs and vertebrae are visible with the naked eye, as well as an evident dehydration”.

Indeed, the veterinarian inspectors said that when water was offered, the animals competed to get access to it.

Additionally, “some of these cachectic animals have been found in a stuporous state, being unable to open their eyes and react to stimulus”. The veterinarians also reported that the vessel was overloaded and animals have their hooves covered by feces and urine with the consequent impossibility for them to lay down in a dry and clean area.

As animals show signs of prolonged suffering with the development of cachexia, and dermatological, ophthalmological, and mobility problems, the Spanish Government issued an order to euthanize them.

The nightmare of the animals on board the Elbeik, as well as the ones transported by the Karim Allah, clearly shows that animal welfare cannot be guaranteed during long-distance journeys and that, in case of crises, interventions are impossible or ineffective, especially when it comes to export outside the EU.

Demonstration by animal activists from the Animal Equality organization in Spain

We call on the European Commission to investigate this case and hold parties accountable for violating relevant EU animal health and welfare law, as well as maritime safety ones.

Additionally, we call on the EU Institutions to use the revision of the Transport Regulation to put an end to long-distance transport of live animals and favor a meat/carcasses and genetic material trade over live transport.

My comment…Certainly, now the dispute in Cartagena goes on who pays the costs for the killing and disposal of the corpses.

The euthanasia of animals, in fact, the murder of all animal passengers, would now only be an act of grace, as cruel and heartbreaking as that may sound.
And all of this, although the death of the cattle was a done deal anyway. Only more brutal-

It is not known whether the animals were even fed in their last days.
Rather unlikely because their fate has long been sealed, everything around would only cost additional money; …

The captain tries to get out of the affair first, the animals were in good health and welfare status … then why didn’t anyone want them?
Libya, Tunisia, Sicily, Sardinia, Cyprus … nowhere a buyer!

Crime multiplied by 2,671, human language has no other word for it.

And now we ask the EU Commission … what for?
To ban the transport of animals, which is absolutely in line with their economic interests?
To investigate the Elbeik case and at least punish the main culprits?
Just as the EU Commission reacted in the case of Middia?

This story is only one case among several, the EU Commission speculates with time – tomorrow it will be forgotten.

Go on Eurogroup! a 48-hour vigil in front of the EU Parliament, that would be the minimum for the 2671 Elbeik victims.
And the minimum for what you get as a salary.

My best regards to all, Venus

Belgium: GAIA (Belgium Animal Rights) Launches #EUforAnimals Campaign. Show Your Support By Signing the Petition – Link Given.

WAV Comment – GAIA are a great campaigning organisation based in Belgium, supporting a wide range of animal issues,  Check out their website from the link below to see more.  We have enjoyed campaigning with them in Brussels (EU HQ) in the past on the live export issues.

We encourage everyone to sign the petition at EU for Animals – and let the non acting EU that they really need to get into Century 21 and more importantly, reflect the wishes of the vast majority of EU citizens.

Note – you DO NOT have to be an EU citizen to sign this; anyone can contribute.  Just select your nationality at the end of the petition form.

Regards Mark

Website –

GAIA launches #EUforAnimals campaign

18 March 2021


On 10th March, GAIA, together with various other organisations and the support of Eurogroup for Animals, launched very successfully the #EUforAnimals campaign. Main goal is to explicitly include ‘Animal Welfare’ into the job title of the Commissioner for Health and Food Safety.

GAIA’s key demand is that more relevance is given to animal welfare by making this responsibility explicit in the name of the relevant Directorate-General and the job title of the competent EU Commissioner. In the present context, the Commissioner’s responsibility would become for “Health, Food Safety and Animal Welfare”. 

Animal protection in the EU will increase if this obligation is highlighted, and the appropriate Commissioner is expressly urged to take a more constructive and progressive approach to animal welfare on behalf of the entire European Commission, thereby reacting to the passionate call of European citizens.

You can sign the petition on the EU for Animals website and a space will be added in the coming days to show the list of MEPs who have communicated their support. 

Read more at source


Togo / Spain: Further ‘Elbeik’ Update 1416GMT 18/3/21 – Stranded Cattle Ship Ordered to Dock in Spain after ‘Hellish’ Three Months at Sea.

Following on from our earlier post today regarding the cattle stranded at sea on the ‘Elbeik’:

Togo: Live Animal Transport: Elbeik Still At Sea with 1700 Animals and Over 100 Feared Dead – Expected to Dock In Cartagena, Spain Tonight. ‘Karim Allah’ Killing Team Still In Cartegena. What Happens Later ? – World Animals Voice

We now have the following from UK Press ‘The Guardian’ (London), as follows.

Does this situation not sum up the scum involved in this business, that

“a source said the owner plans to sell the animals “to north Africa”.

All this time at sea, and the suffering involved with it, the numbers of animals now dead, and all this thickhead can think about is still trying to make money from the remaining animals, and sending them on yet further (by sea ) to another destination in North Africa; which we can only view as being ‘Libya’.

Regards Mark

Stranded cattle ship ordered to dock in Spain after ‘hellish’ three months at sea | Environment | The Guardian 

Stranded cattle ship ordered to dock in Spain after ‘hellish’ three months at sea

Almost 180 bulls believed to be already dead as campaigners call for surviving animals to be humanely slaughtered on arrival in port

After three months stranded in the Mediterranean, a livestock ship carrying almost 1,800 young bulls has been ordered to dock at the Spanish port of Cartagena.

The Elbeik is expected to arrive in Cartagena this evening, having left the Spanish port of Tarragona in mid-December.

It has been struggling to find a buyer for the cattle after being refused entry by multiple countries, including Turkey and Libya, over fears the animals had a disease called bluetongue.

Sources have told the Guardian almost 180 cattle are now dead, more than double a previous estimate. An MEP has suggested that the “hellish” stress of three months at sea means slaughter on arrival at port is now the most humane option.

Following recent stops near Cyprus and in Greek ports to reprovision, the Elbeik returned to Spanish waters earlier this week, anchoring off the island of Menorca.

Spanish authorities on Tuesday ordered the ship to dock in Cartagena, describing it as the “most suitable port” for the inspection and possible unloading and slaughter of the animals. A source within the ministry of agriculture said the vessel would be inspected by vets once docked.

The return order comes just weeks after Spanish authorities slaughtered more than 850 young bulls in Cartagena from another livestock ship, the Karim Allah. The ship had also left Spain in mid-December and been refused entry to ports in Turkey and elsewhere because of bluetongue fears.

On Wednesday a source close to the Elbeik said the owner of its cattle hoped to arrange blood tests for the animals when the ship arrives in Cartagena. If the results showed them to be free of bluetongue and other diseases, the source said the owner plans to sell the animals “to north Africa”.

The Guardian has been sent a document, apparently signed by the Elbeik’s captain, saying 179 bulls had died at sea, up from a previous estimate of 80 deaths. Another 1,610 animals appeared “normal and healthy”, which it credited to the crew’s good care , but said “lately they have been frustrated due to staying on board” for so long.

The Karim Allah had likewise arranged blood draws and aimed to sell the bulls if they were disease-free, but Spain’s agriculture ministry ordered the bulls to be put down before the blood samples were analysed.

Some MEPs and NGOs have argued that euthanising the bulls in Spain, rather than sending them on another long journey to face possibly less humane slaughter, was a kinder option.

“For more than three months these animals [on the Elbeik] have been on this hellish ride,” said MEP Thomas Waitz, a member of an EU committee examining animal transport issues and European Green party co-chair.

Waitz said the “constant stress” of being at sea, on top of food and water shortages, meant the young bulls were probably in “a dire state” and euthanasia now appeared “the only responsible thing to do”.

Campaigners blame the EU for continuing to allow lengthy export journeys for farm animals and failing to manage problems.

Unexpected problems, said Olga Kikou of Compassion in World Farming, were exacerbated by a failure to make contingency plans for animals facing hold-ups and a lack of clarity over who was responsible for their welfare.

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A comment left by Elvera, one of our supporters:

Three months at sea and then likely euthanized. Spain, EU should be ashamed of their indifference to the suffering they have inflicted on these poor creatures. How many more such tragedies have to occur before live transport is banned. Anyone involved in this trade is sick and lacking any moral compass .

We fully agree !