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Animal drama in the Mediterranean: the fate of the calves sealed?

Appeal to the Spanish authorities to find an ethical solution for the surviving cattle of ElBeik. Sharp criticism of the Austrian authorities. Nationwide demonstrations planned

Vienna (OTS) The animal transport ship ElBeik reached the port of Cartagena yesterday evening after leaving Spain with 1,800 calves more than three months ago. The day before, the Karim Allah had cast off with 900 cattle. Although the animals had veterinary certificates, the Turkish and Libyan authorities refused both ships after an outbreak of bluetongue was discovered in Spain. This was followed by an almost 3 month odyssey of the two ships across the Mediterranean.

When the Karim Allah returned to the port of Cartagena last week without having achieved anything, all surviving cattle had to be slaughtered because their health was too poor to be able to transport them on. This fate is now also flourishing for the remaining 1600 animals of the ElBeik. Almost 200 cattle have already been reported dead on board. Countless others are sick. It cannot be ruled out that the animals will be classified as “fit for travel” and sent again on the journey.

Animal transport ships oldest fleet in the world!

The ElBeik is a 54-year-old, decommissioned car freight ship that is now flying the Togo flag. Between 2003 and 2020, the ElBeik was prohibited from casting off in 9 ports. In March 2015 it was even banned from all European ports for a period of 3 months.

VGT campaigner Ann-Kathrin Freude: “These facts alone prove that animal transport by ship cannot be carried out in an animal-friendly manner. The animal transport fleet is the oldest fleet in the world! The ships change flag again and again because they are no longer permitted. The ceiling height below deck is sometimes only 160 cm, how should you look after animals on a regular basis? And do we send Austrian animals on trips like this? That is accepted cruelty to animals! ”

VGT appeals directly to the authorities

To the Austrian Ministry of Health and Agriculture: “We urge you to stop the transport of calves immediately. Austria sends its calves directly to a trader who delivers animals to third countries after they have been fattened. Therefore, the government is actually responsible for the fate of these animals! ”

To the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture: “We ask you to take action with regard to the animals on the ElBeik and not to repeat the mass killings of the Karim Allah! It is necessary to check the health of all animals and provide them with urgent care. The ship transport for these animals has to stop here! ”

“We urge the EU Commission to put an end to the immense suffering of animal transports to third countries. The case of ElBeik and Karim Allah shows that these transports cannot be carried out in a humane way or in accordance with EU legislation and will be stopped immediately have to!”

To the mayor of Cartagena, Ana Belén Castejón, who recently asked the Ministry of Agriculture to quickly reopen the port to animal exports by ship: “It cannot be in Cartagena’s interest to continue these brutal transports. We urge you to raise your voice in favor of the animals and not their exploiters! ”

VGT campaigner Ann-Kathrin Freude: “These animals have been on board for over 3 months and not only suffer from this too long journey, but also from insufficient food, water and care. At least 179 cattle have been reported dead and many more are sick. This is outrageous and no exception in the cruel business of animal transport! ”

With a video message and nationwide demonstrations, the VGT wants to move the authorities to act immediately:

  • Friday, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. in Innsbruck at the Anna column
  • Friday, 1.30pm-6pm in Graz on the main square
  • Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in Feldkirch at Sparkassenplatz
  • Saturday, 12.30pm-2pm in Vienna in front of the Spanish Embassy
  • Sunday, 2 pm-3pm in Salzburg in the Platzl / Staatsbrücke area

Demonstration against animal transport in Vienna

The VGT appeals to the Spanish authorities to find an ethical solution for the surviving cattle of ElBeik

Date: March 20, 2021, 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Place: Spanish embassy
Theresianumgasse 21, 1040 Vienna, Austria

Url: https://vgt.at/presse/news/2021/news20210318mn_2.php

Demonstration against animal transport in Innsbruck

The VGT appeals to the Spanish authorities to find an ethical solution for the surviving cattle of the ElBeik and also sharply criticizes the Austrian authorities. Action!

Date: March 19, 2021, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Place: Anna column
Maria Theresienstrasse, Innsbruck, Austria

Url: https://vgt.at/presse/news/2021/news20210318mn_2.php

Demonstration against animal transport in Graz

The VGT appeals to the Spanish authorities to find an ethical solution for the surviving cattle of the ElBeik and also sharply criticizes the Austrian authorities.

Date: March 19, 2021, 1:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Place: Graz, main square
Graz, Austria

Url: https://vgt.at/presse/news/2021/news20210318mn_2.php

Demonstration against animal transport in Feldkirch

The VGT appeals to the Spanish authorities to find an ethical solution for the surviving cattle of the ElBeik and also sharply criticizes the Austrian authorities.

Date: March 27, 2021, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Place: Sparkassenplatz
Sparkassenplatz, 6800 Feldkirch, Austria

Url: https://vgt.at/presse/news/2021/news20210318mn_2.php

Demonstration against animal transport in Salzburg

The VGT appeals to the Spanish authorities to find an ethical solution for the surviving cattle of the ElBeik and also sharply criticizes the Austrian authorities.

Date: March 21, 2021, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Place: in the Platzl / Staatsbrücke area
5020 Salzburg, Austria

Url: https://vgt.at/presse/news/2021/news20210318mn_2.php

Inquiries & contact:

VGT – Association against animal factories
Ann-Kathrin Freude, MArch
01 929 14 98
media@vgt.at
http://vgt.at

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