Protect Irish Cows from Cruel Live Exportation

Target: Simon Coveney, Irish Minister of Agriculture, Food and Marine

Goal: Stop Ireland from opening a cruel live export trade

Many cows are raised for slaughter in Ireland, but they are protected under animal rights laws that regulate their quality of life and ensure a quick, humane death. However, thousands of cows are in danger of being shipped off to a different kind of slaughter in Libya. The Irish government is considering reopening live export trade with Libya and shipping approximately 2,900 cows to northern Africa to face a brutal death.

Not only will the animals be brutally and inhumanely put to death, but they will have to endure a 10-day voyage by boat, in which living conditions are appalling. The animals will be crammed into a tiny space where they will live among their own waste for more than a week, often without sufficient food or water. Since cows are intelligent animals with the capacity to feel fear and anxiety, the journey takes a massive toll on their nervous system and overall wellbeing.

Once offloaded in Northern Africa, the cows will be put to death in a manner that would be illegal in the European Union. Investigations of some of the slaughterhouses in Northern Africa and the Middle East showed animals who were stabbed in the eyes and dragged to their deaths without any attempt to stun the frightened animal. Once Ireland sends a shipment of livestock, it will have no control over the animals’ welfare.

Tell the Irish Agricultural Minister to forego live export trading, as it could open the floodgates to more livestock being shipped in the same manner. Irish cattle farmers have been regarded for their humane treatment of livestock and sending the animals to be grotesquely killed would be a massive step backward for Irish farming.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Coveney,

Live export is a cruel practice that causes animals prolonged suffering. The boat journey alone is a terrifying ordeal that causes undue stress and fear, not to mention the lack of control the government has over that animal’s welfare once it is delivered to its final destination. That is why I was disappointed to hear that Ireland is considering opening live cattle trade with Libya.

Not only will the cows be forced to endure a 10-day journey in which they will be crammed onto a ship and living in their own waste, but the standards of care for livestock in Northern Africa are a far cry from those which Irish farmers have worked so hard to uphold. Slaughter houses in that region are known to kill animals barbarically with blunt knives without any attempt to stun them.

Opening live export will set a precedent for future trades, and would be a step backward both for animal rights and Irish cattle farming. The reputation of the industry as well as your nation is at stake if you decide to go ahead with the trade. Please do not approve live export trade, and spare your nation’s livestock from an inhumane and disturbing fate.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Gavigan via Wikimedia Commons

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7 Comments

  1. J Davidson says:

    Carnival cruise was bad enough, and the end of their journey is death in the cruelest and inhumane way. This must end now!!!

  2. Marianne Christensen says:

    Please don’ t start transporting of live cattle to Northern Africa. Not only will the poor cattle suffer a lot on the long way to Africa, but they will also be very bad treated/mistreated and exposed to some of the worst animal cruelty, in the way they slaugther and kill cattles in the Northen Africa. Like stabbing them in their eyes while fully conscious, cutting in their legs, dragging them by their tales and legs, hitting them with stocks, forcing them to try to stand up, even if they got a broken leg, just to mention some of the cruel and horrible things they do to the poor animals br
    ought to slaughter.
    I think it will be a big shame if Ireland will put their name to such a hideous and vile cruel treatment of animals.
    Please show you have a heart in the right place for the animals. Thanks.

    • WELL WRITTEN & SAID… I AM WITH YOU ALL THE WAY ON THIS.. HORRIFIC TREATMENT OF THE CATTLE IT MUST BE BANNED & STOPPED !

  3. Lisa Birks says:

    I am so saddened by this awlful news. The horrific fear, pain and cruelty these gentle animals will face is unvelieveable! These country have no clue what human rights are, nevermind animal rights!
    Do these farmers have so little card for the gentle animals they raise??
    Surely not

  4. Australia is also involved in this inhuman practice by sending live animals to Indonesia and the middle east to suffer incredibly brutal deaths.Shame on us also.

  5. THESE KILLING- AND DESTROYING-HABITS ARE TO STOP – UNBEARABLY FOR CIVILIZED BRAINHAVING SOCIETIES AND NOT EXEMPLARY FOR CHILDREN.

    DEFORMED MONSTERS SHOULD BE LOCKED AWAY FROM CIVILIZED CITIZENS. THEY DISTURB FEELINGS IN A NONHUMANE WAY!

    People need to vote unacting authorities acting irresponsibly to futuregenerations and living creatures out of occupations once and for all!

    ENDLESS GREED FROM ECONOMY & HELPING AUTHORITHIES HAS TO STOP ALL KINDS OF DESTRUCTION TO THE ENVIRONMENT & LIVING CREATURES BY APPLY STRONGEST JUSTICE TO THE RESPONSIBLES.

    DEMAND ALL INITIATORS ACTING IRRESPONSIBLY TO PAY REDEMPTION TO FUTUREGENERATIONS!

    “It is horrifying that we have to fight our own governments to save the environment.”
    - Ansel Adams, photographer.

  6. I am so disheartened by the reopening of the Live Export Trade to Africa. i think it is a deplorable decision and completely unethical.
    A higher order of moral consciousness must inform these ‘economic’ considerations.
    A civilized society does not reduce living, sentient creatures to the category of ‘commodity.’ An ‘animal’ is not raw material for manufacturing. I am astounded that such a disgraceful decision has been taken to exacerbate the already sad circumstances of our animal populations. PLEASE reconsider this immoral action and revoke this bill.

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