Last Friday, a lamb was born on an Israeli beach. This is not the first case of dead animals found in Israel, but this time the plaque in the ear condemned the country of origin of the lamb. As the picture on the page shows, the name of the Directorate General for Food and Veterinary Medicine (DGAV) is very clear.
The images were published by Israeli Animal Conservation, and later shared by Setúbal & Sines Animal Save – partnerships working in partnership. According to the Portuguese organization, the cause of the death of the animal has yet to be deciphered, but it is suspected to have been abandoned on arrival in Israel. The lamb was among hundreds of animals aboard the Mira ship, which left the Portuguese coast of Israel two weeks ago. Noel Santos, from Stibalbal and Sine, Animal Recording, explained that the animal had landed near the port of Haifa in Israel and that, "having an earring, it is suspected that the animal was thrown into the sea on arrival".
I tried to contact DGAV, but at the time of writing this question I had no answer.
The European Union's recommendations have not been fulfilled Transport in extreme temperatures – very cold or very hot – no trips, no artificial animals and many sick when they arrive at their destination. This is a scenario that is colored when it comes to transporting live animals. After all, what does the European Union say on this issue? No impositions, there are numerous recommendations to the states involved in this business.
The latest European report on the protection of animals during transport inside and outside the European Union, discussed last January, in addition to recommendations to Member States, addresses many shortcomings. "The rationale for the progress made by Member States is insufficient to meet the main objective of the regulation, which is to improve the welfare of animals during transport, in particular with regard to the verification of logs. trips and sanctions, "the report said.
There are still many unsolved problems, the European Union acknowledges: "overcrowding", "sufficient free height", "the absence of necessary rest periods", "inadequate ventilation", "extreme heat transport" or "transport of inappropriate animals". . The Opinion of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety is also very clear and "insists that the transport time of animals is limited to eight hours (…) whether by land, sea or sea. or air. "
The recommendations were approved earlier this year, but have not been reviewed here, as there are more than a week's worth of trips, such as sheep and cattle shipped to Israel. But it must be borne in mind that these are just recommendations. Noel Santos explained that "at the level of legislation there are no rules to be broken, because what is in the European Union are recommendations, not rules". "We are talking about recommendations that are not laws that can be violated, so we lie here, like animals on ships," adds a member of the movement against the transport of live animals.
Yesterday, PAN – which submitted several proposals and all were unveiled – was at Setobal Port, one of the places where animals are loaded for export. PAN MEP Andre Silva said that "Portugal does not comply with the European Council directive stipulating that transport should not take more than eight hours."
In addition, "the conditions for slaughter of these animals are quite different in countries of destination than in Europe and Portugal," said Andre Silva. Israel, for example, follows the kosher ritual, which involves killing the animal quickly to suffer as little as possible. Now, if the purpose of the animal is not to suffer at the moment of death, life expectancy is not considered. As Noel Santos explained, "The religious in Israel have already opposed the transportation of live animals because this form cannot be considered a fish kosher and therefore the religious part ends up being an excuse."