Campaigners’ delight as live cattle shipment from South Kilkenny port cancelled
Local animal rights campaigners have welcomed news a shipment of 1,200 bulls and bullocks due to leave the Port of Waterford in Belview, South Kilkenny to North Africa today has been cancelled.
The livestock vessel the Sarah M, which was due to carry the animals has been maintaining a holding position off the coast of Waterford for more than 10 days now but is now set to leave Irish waters and make for mainland Europe.
Earlier this week, Wicklow-based company Roundwood Park Livestock announced its planned cattle shipment to Algeria had been cancelled due to issues regarding health certificate requirements that had been set out by the Department of Agriculture. The decision was welcomed by animal welfare campaigners, Waterford Animal Concern.
Chair John Tierney, said: “It’s good news for animal welfare that Irish cattle are not been sent abroad to be slaughtered in foreign slaughterhouses.
“The sea journeys involved are too long to be able to guarantee a satisfactory level of animal welfare and the conditions for animals in destination countries are often far below the minimum legal standards required in Ireland.”
Despite seeing this result as a success and ensuring the animals will now be treated in a humane manner, the group wants to see the end to live animal exporting to countries that do not meet the high treatment standards in Ireland.
“Waterford Animal Concern wants the Irish government to withdraw governmental approval for live animal exports to the Middle East and North Africa,” Mr Tierney added.