“If these passengers wore school uniforms instead of wool …” Dr Lynn Simpson is not letting up in her condemnation of Sunday’s latest livestock carrier tragedy.
Last night footage was released of the surviving trapped sheep inside the capsized Queen Hind. It has taken three days and overwhelming global public outcry, condemnation and appeals to force and shame authorities into action.
Tragic does not begin to describe the scenes.
If these passengers wore school uniforms instead of wool there would have been immediate non-stop action- and a more positive result.
However, if they wore school uniforms they would not have been allowed onboard in the first place. Why is it ok for animals and crew to sail on these life-scavenging vessels?
Working in any ship is dangerous, more so when they are in an emergency situation like this. The fact that she was inside the protective barriers of the ports sea walls, in calm water and had already sunk as far as was possible should have meant the rescue operation proceeded quickly.
The images from inside the capsized vessel have confirmed the concerns all seafarers have when sailing in rough weather. What if the angle of the vessel changes dramatically, 90 or 180 degrees? How do I get out? Can I get out? Often the answer is with great difficulty, or no. But we chose to join these ships, the animals do not.
Escaping a ship in an emergency is frightening and difficult enough for people with agility, two arms, two hands and two feet. But what if you’re a four legged, less agile, ‘sailor’?
You are screwed.
The helplessness and vulnerability of these animals at sea is surely reason enough to keep them on land.
I hope the global shipping authorities, including the IMO and ILO are watching this scenario closely and learning from it. This is one of the most avoidable maritime tragedies there is.
72 hours after these animals were plunged into the cold waters of Midia port, slammed against railings and had their last meal or drink of water, help is arriving. Only after global pressure from horrified and disgusted public and NGO’s. 150 sheep have been rescued in the last 10 hours. Imagine if this were a cruise liner. 150 passengers saved, and all would probably sue the operator for negligence in leaving them in a submerged coffin for days before acting.
All surviving sheep are finally being given the care and provisions the law and society insists is due.
This disaster could have been mitigated, greed stymied, lives preserved and lives saved. The world needs to learn from this and decide just how evolved are we as a species if we think continuing to take these unnecessary risks is acceptable?
Meanwhile, the Julia LS has arrived in Romania to try her luck with authorities there after being denied permission to load in Portugal. Her specifications are similar to the Queen Hind. Lets hope (or write and question prime minister Ordan directly on firstname.lastname@example.org) the Romanian authorities think carefully before granting permission to load her while the stark reminder of a rescue operation and the protruding lower hull of the Queen Hind stare them in the face only metres away.
The world is watching for the next move. Most, like me are hoping that the scrap yards around the world will soon be overflowing with these life-scavenging ships of shame when either the authorities come to their senses or the new IMO regulations ‘drive’ them up a beach.
Here’s hoping the Queen Hind leaves port as millions of pieces of scrap metal.
Phasing out live animal exports and replacing the trade with meat products sent in refrigerated containers is the only answer.
For Lynn Simpson’s full archive of shocking exposés into the livestock trades, click here.
Așa cum vă promiseserăm ieri, am plecat dis-de-dimineață către Constanța, iar chiar acum am urcat pe nava răsturnată în portul Midia, alături de un echipaj ISU Dobrogea.Acestea sunt doar primele oi vii pe care le-am găsit, cu siguranță sunt și altele, în alte zone ale epavei. Vom salva atâtea câte vom putea, în orele care urmează, și vă vom ține la curent cu soarta lor. Aceste biete animale care au supraviețuit timp de 48 de ore pe un vapor aproape scufundat și-au câștigat, după părerea noastră, dreptul să trăiască până la bătrânețe. Un drept care ar trebui oricum să-i fie garantat oricărui animal, dacă ne întrebați pe noi.Facem tot posibilul să preluăm legal aceste animale și să le oferim îngrijirea și dragostea de care au nevoie, în niște sanctuare care s-au oferit deja să le primească. Sperăm să avem și sprijinul autorităților în acest sens.Vă mulțumim mult pentru ajutorul oferit ieri. Fără presiunile și mesajele voastre, foarte probabil nu am fi reușit să fim acum aici și aceste suflete ar fi fost pierdute. Continuați să ne fiți aproape, pentru că lupta continuă. Mai sunt mulți pași de făcut până când aceste amărâte să fie cu adevărat în siguranță.____________________________________________________Pentru că mulți oameni s-au oferit să ne sprijine, acesta este contul nostru, pe care puteți face donații: Asociatia ARCA,RON: IBAN: RO60 RZBR 0000 0600 1990 7787 EUR: IBAN: RO33 RZBR 0000 0600 1990 7788Raiffeisen Bank <—– You can help us here.____________________________________________________After 48 hours of suffering and lack of reaction from the Romanian authorities, we've finally succeded to climb the ship's wreckage and go in.As we're saying since yesterday morning, there still are alive sheeps on board. We've started the procedures for their rescue and we're hoping we will receive help from the public and from public authorities so we can legally take all these souls to special places where they'll be cared for and loved.Your help already was more than we could hope for, but please keep close. It still is a long way to go until all the animals will be safe.
Posted by ARCA on Tuesday, November 26, 2019