780 young bulls from the south of France were confined on board a livestock vessel for several weeks, the Algerian authorities refusing to disembark them at the port of Algiers due to a health risk. These animals had to return to the starting point – Sète (34) – where they will be euthanized. The 30 Million Friends Foundation reiterates its request to ban the transport of live animals in favor of the transport of carcasses.
Kafkaesque! Stranded for 3 long weeks in an outdated freighter… to end up euthanized at the place from which they left. Such is the tragic fate reserved for 780 young bulls who embarked in Sète (34) on September 2, 2022 aboard the Nader-A, a livestock vessel in operation for 45 years.
Arrived at their destination in Algiers, the Algerian capital, the animals could not disembark, the authorities having refused the unloading of the animals in the absence of a document certifying that they are not carriers of infectious bovine rhinotracheitis, a highly contagious disease. ” In the absence of certification, the transport of the young bulls should never have been approved by the French authorities at the port of Sètesays the Welfarm association. In this case, the boat must return to its port of origin. Allegations refuted by the French government that the animals departing from Sète were “ healthy “and health certificates” correctly transmitted ”, the blockage coming from “ a difference in interpretation by the Algerian authorities on the health status of these animals “.
Be that as it may, the transport was risky in view of the condition of the cargo: during the inspection of the ship, on March 3, 2022 at the port of Sète, around twenty safety failures would have been revealed. The Nader-A is also under the Togolese flag; however, Togo appears in 67th position out of 68 on the blacklist of the “Paris Memorandum on Port State Control: a 1982 international agreement aimed at improving maritime safety through ship inspections.
A “double penalty”
To their disastrous destiny is added the suffering of transport in terrible conditions.
It will be necessary to wait 15 days (in addition to the 6 days of transport at sea) for the cargo ship to finally leave the port of Algiers with the 780 bulls on board. ” Destination: the port of Sète where it must dock on September 22says Welfarm. Animals on board will be euthanized “. Reason invoked? Their fodder with Algerian hay during parking… fodder from a country where foot-and-mouth disease is present. ” The risk of contamination is extremely minimal, but cannot be ruled out “, declared the French government to the AFP.
A sordid outcome for animals who will have lived through hell for several weeks. ” Many of them would already be dead; the corpses as well as the excrement of the animals were not evacuatedcriticizes Welfarm. Hygiene conditions on board are catastrophic. Because of their size, these young bulls have particularly important needs (watering, food, space) which cannot be satisfied in the situation of promiscuity and unbearable waiting that has been imposed on them! » « It’s double punishment for these poor cattlereacts Reha Hutin, President of the 30 Million Friends Foundation. To their disastrous destiny is added all the suffering of transport in terrible conditions. It’s insane! »
Prioritize the transport of carcasses over the transport of live animals
“ The scandals keep repeating themselves, showing the shortcomings of the European regulation on the transport of live animals concludes the NGO partner of the 30 Million Friends Foundation. Every year, France exports 1.5 million live cattle.
To limit this unbearable animal suffering, the 30 Million Friends Foundation is asking the Ministry of Agriculture and the European Union to immediately ban the transport of live animals and the transport of meat in refrigerated containers. The petition she launched has already collected nearly 40,000 signatures. In addition, a very large majority of our fellow citizens (83%, Fondation 30 Millions d’Amis / Ifop Opinion – 2022 barometer) demand that animals be slaughtered at their place of breeding.