Protest Against Live Animal Exports
Another live shipment of 3,000 weanlings were exported to Libya last week. This follows a similar shipment of young bulls to North Africa in February.
Ireland also exports calves to destinations in Europe including Spain and Italy.
While farmers welcome this competition in the cattle trade, the national animal rights association don’t. They call the live export trade shocking and disgusting and they blame the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney and protested outside his department on Tuesday for allowing the re-opening of the live trade with Libya.
We asked the department of agriculture to provide a spokesman but they declined. However they did issue us with a statement saying that
“Ireland has a strict system of transport rules in respect of both national and international journeys. The current Irish regulation in relation to the approval of ships for livestock transport is set higher than that which applies in other EU Member States.
The Department has no jurisdiction in relation to standards of slaughter plants in other countries and it cannot interfere with such legitimate trade and legitimate competition, but it does seek to ensure that any such trade is carried out to a high standard.
The shipment of 2882 cattle from Ireland arrived safe and well in Libya and there were no injuries or mortalities.”