Australia stops ship carrying livestock from sailing around Africa to Israel
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Published Feb 6, 2024
The Australian government has rejected a livestock exporter's request to send a ship carrying approximately 14,000 sheep and 1,500 cattle on a month-long journey around Africa to Israel. The ship, which has had the animals on board for a month, was initially bound for Israel but had to change course due to threats from Yemen's Houthi militia. The decision came after protests from animal rights advocates and the agriculture ministry's statement that the application failed to meet Australian or Israeli regulatory standards or ensure the animals' welfare.
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The Australian government said on Monday it had refused a request by a livestock exporter to send a ship carrying around 14,000 sheep and 1,500 cattle on a month-long voyage around Africa to Israel, reported Reuters. The animals have been on board the vessel for a month, prompting outcry from animal rights advocates who have likened their treatment to torture. The MV Bahijah sailed from Australia for Israel on Jan. 5 but abandoned a passage through the Red Sea due to threat of attack by Yemen's Houthi militia and was ordered home by the Australian government. The ship has been waiting off Western Australia for a week for the government to decide if it can head back to sea. Several hundred cattle were offloaded in recent days but Australia's biosecurity rules mean any animals that disembark must be quarantined. The agriculture ministry said it was not satisfied that the exporter's application met Australian or Israeli regulatory requirements or that the animals' transportation ...