OIE and member countries urged to implement OIE rules after tragedy in Port Said
Posted on 12/03/2012
Horrifying reports recently revealed that 2700 of the 5600 cattle that were carried from Brazil to Egypt to be slaughtered for food died on board the vessel Gracia Del Mar as result of extreme weather conditions in the Mediterranean and after being refused permission to dock at Port Said, Egypt. The health status of the surviving animals upon arrival was also noted as very poor.
Following this tragedy, which is probably one the worst the live export industry has ever seen, the International Coalition for Animal Welfare (ICFAW) which represents several animal welfare organisations including Eurogroup for Animals urges in a letter sent to Bernard Vallat, Director General of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) to put its own recommendations in practice with immediate effect so that it can respond promptly and effectively to future incidents of this nature. Brazil and Egypt are also similarly implicated for not having called on the OIE to meditate.
ICFAW also stresses the importance of encouraging and assisting member countries to implement the OIE recommendations so they can have a beneficial impact on day-to-day transport and slaughter operations. The coalition further offers opportunity for constructive work with the OIE to help member countries implement these recommendations.