Activists’ delight as South Kilkenny harbor live cattle shipment canceled – Kilkenny Now
Local animal rights activists have welcomed the news that a shipment of 1,200 bulls and cows due to leave Waterford Port in Belview, south Kilkenny, for North Africa was canceled today .
The breeding vessel the Sarah M, which was supposed to transport the animals, has been holding a standby position off Waterford for over 10 days now, but is now about to leave Irish waters and head for the Continental Europe.
Earlier this week, Wicklow-based company Roundwood Park Livestock announced that its planned shipment of livestock to Algeria had been canceled due to concerns over health certificate requirements that had been set by the Ministry of Agriculture. The decision was welcomed by animal welfare activists, Waterford Animal Concern.
President John Tierney said: “It is good news for animal welfare that Irish cattle are not sent overseas to be slaughtered in overseas slaughterhouses.
“Sea voyages are too long to be able to guarantee a satisfactory level of animal welfare and the conditions of animals in destination countries are often well below the minimum legal standards required in Ireland.
Although it sees this result as a success and ensures that animals will now be treated in a humane manner, the group wants to see an end to the export of live animals to countries that do not meet high standards of treatment. in Ireland.
“Waterford Animal Concern wants the Irish government to withdraw government approval for exports of live animals to the Middle East and North Africa,” Tierney added.