As you may be aware, the Gracia Del Mar (a South American–owned vessel recently retrofitted to carry live animals) is currently stranded in the Red Sea near Eritrea. An engine failure reportedly caused the ventilation and feeding systems to shut down just three days into their journey, leaving animals to starve, suffer, and die in the extreme heat.
It is rumored that more than 2,750 animals have died so far. The ship has been refused permission to dock in Port Said, Egypt (the animals’ intended destination for slaughter), because of the number of dead and dying cattle on board, and it has been left stranded after not being allowed to dock in several other places. Conditions on board are believed to be horrific, with no aid or relief available to the suffering animals.
Please join PETA in asking the Egyptian government to allow this ship to dock and provide immediate and appropriate care to these animals, who have already suffered so much at the hands of the live-export industry.
The Egyptian government has so far been ignoring calls from organizations around the world asking that the country help out in this situation.
Please send polite comments to:
The Honorable Mohamed Reda Ismail Abdel Hady
Egyptian Minister for Agriculture
Please also write to your local Egyptian embassy and ask that the ambassador do everything in his or her power to intervene in behalf of these animals.
Article source: PETA Action Alerts