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Please convince Egypt to allow ship to dock with thousands of dying animals: sample letter

March 6, 2012
by

PETA

UPDATE

From Compassion in World Farming

Thank You

We have always known that Compassion’s supporters are amazing, and your response to the Gracia Del Mar disaster shows once again that when farm animals need urgent help, you are there to defend them.

We would like to thank everyone who took action on this issue. Within the first 40 hours of us alerting you to this situation over 40,000 emails were sent to Brazil, Egypt and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) in Paris. This response is truly astounding.

A final update…

We’re now able to bring you an explanation for, and the final outcome of, this tragedy. Reports we have received suggest that when the Gracia Del Mar livestock ship passed the Algerian Coast, en route from Brazil to Egypt, it passed through a snow storm and extremely cold weather. Many of the cattle could not withstand this severe weather and this led to thousands of deaths.

The ship then tried to dock in a number of places along the Red Sea and was refused for several days, both at Egyptian ports and in other nations. We understand that all live cattle have now been transferred from the Gracia Del Mar and have been taken to land, although it is not clear which country the animals finally ended up in.

Around 3,000 animals, over half of those onboard the Gracia Del Mar when it left Brazil, are thought to have died in this catastrophe. While many of the exact details of this event remain unknown, one thing is clear: the long distance transport of animals must stop.

Compassion has campaigned for many years on this issue, and this latest tragedy provides yet more evidence that long distance live transport has no place in modern farming. Our campaign goes on, and with your help, we will continue to fight to make sure these tragic disasters become a thing of the past.

Thank you, once again, for your ongoing support and compassion.


BACKGROUND | SOURCE PETA

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 at several other destinations. 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.


PETITION

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/610/873/286/end-live-animal-export-for-slaughter/


WHOM TO CONTACT

The Honorable Mohamed Reda Ismail Abdel Hady
Egyptian Minister for Agriculture
info_malr@agr-egypt.gov.eg

Please 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.

The following talking points can be rephrased in your e-mails:

  • Animals used for live export suffer from the moment they leave the farm until their final agonizing slaughter.
  • Both Brazil (where the animals’ journey began) and Egypt are required under the World Organization for Animal Health guidelines to take responsibility in ensuring that the animals are treated humanely in this situation.
  • These cattle are being left to die a slow and painful death.
  • The world is waiting for Egypt to do the right thing by immediately allowing this ship to dock.
  • Egypt should allow the ship to dock and the cattle to receive appropriate care and humane euthanasia where necessary.



SAMPLE LETTER

Dear Honorable Mohamed Reda Ismail Abdel Hady,

It has come to my attention that your community officials have ignored a decidedly cruel and exploitative manner in response to the stranding of the Gracia Del Mar, in which thousands of animals are slowly, painfully dying due to heat and starvation. Thus far, Egypt has refused to allow the ship to dock. In efforts to curtail a dead population, you are challenging any security extended to animals as stipulated by the World Organization for Animal Health guidelines to take responsibility in ensuring that the animals are treated humanely in this situation.

Please allow me to elaborate. While all countries engage in animal production distinguishing animals as commodities rather than sentient beings, in response to international concerns relative to animal conditions and treatments, progressive governments are promoting greater visibility to preclude allegations of misconduct and brutality. Unfortunately, you are asking that the global audience apathetically regard this situation as a necessary and logical solution. Addressing animals as targets of abuse, however, is inherently inhumane and barbaric given that it substantiates the precept of animals as products, speciesism, rather than fundamentally equal and deserving of compassion and lives free from exploitation and suffering. To aspire to such an a principled and equitable foundation should be the goal of all societies, and you should thus refuse participation in any event that incurs such cruelty on animals.

Rather than choose complicity in the savage treatment of these animals, your communities can avoid any potential global boycotts by observing compassion instead, allowing the ship to dock, and providing decent care to the animals who already suffer unimaginably in the live-export business; this can be achieved by establishing and practicing humane animal welfare standards.

Thank you for your attention to this urgent issue.

NAME


from under a tyrant
you are finally free
to make better choices
and enjoy some
liberties
so please help these
cattle who are
suffering and need care
these are wonderful lives
that deserve to be spared

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

 

24 Comments leave one →
  1. March 7, 2012 3:45 am

    from under a tyrant
    you are finally free
    to make better choices
    and enjoy some
    liberties
    so please help these
    cattle who are
    suffering and need care
    these are wonderful lives
    that deserve to be spared

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  2. LINDABADHAM permalink
    March 7, 2012 4:00 am

    HEARTLESS , NO COMPASSION . SPIRITUALLY BLIND.

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  3. March 7, 2012 5:18 am

    Reblogged this on delia1979.

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  4. Puller permalink
    March 7, 2012 7:35 am

    I do not understand, if these poor animals were destined for Egypt to begin with, why Egypt didn’t send tugs out to pull the ship to shore and prevent these animals from suffering further. What is wrong with humans today??? Doesn’t Egypt have any ships that could move the surviving animals??? Or they are ‘worthless’ now b/c they are starving and living in their own excrement? A pox on Egypt.

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    • March 7, 2012 10:47 am

      Exactly. They don’t want to dock a ship that has dead animals, and thus far thousands are dead. They really are heartless.

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  5. March 7, 2012 7:54 am

    Action taken and shared again. Every year billion animals ar transported and then slaughtered: are we sure we are such a “superior” species????
    Thanks Stacey

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  6. Rap Attack permalink
    March 7, 2012 8:37 am

    Such a terrible thing. By the way the egyptian embassy websites in australia are all bad. The sydney one is under construction, the canberra one is a 404 error and the melbourne one has no email address. Plus it is very hard to read. Badly built website but i will call them tomorrow as this is so important

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  7. March 7, 2012 10:47 am

    Thanks for all your help and information.

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  8. Dorothy Cameron permalink
    March 8, 2012 12:24 pm

    What a sad world we live in.

    Like

  9. March 8, 2012 3:39 pm

    Reblogged this on hand4paws and commented:
    Please take action and send out your letters calling for the safe well being of these animals!! Please take a minute to send out the sample letter to the given targets!

    Like

  10. Equus Spiritus permalink
    March 9, 2012 12:12 am

    Thank you for doing this. I had nightmares after I read this earlier. I have a fairly good imagination of the pain and suffering of what these animals went/are going through if there are any cattle left. Farm animals already suffer enough as it is, why must they send them so far away out to sea, it’s so unnatural, this live animals shipping is an abomination for cattle or any other farm animal as well as horses. It should be outlawed. Then when these sad animals get to their destination especially places like Egypt, they slaughter them horribly absolutely no mercy for these poor creatures. I’ve already wrote. I’m hoping to get a reply what the out come is. So far nothing yet. Then I had another thought maybe it’s better if they just all died because going to the slaughter houses of Egypt is like going to pit of hell. Praying for divine intervention.

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  11. Equus Spiritus permalink
    March 9, 2012 12:26 am

    Maybe you can blog this since it’s related to live animal export.
    http://www.thepetitionsite.com/610/873/286/end-live-animal-export-for-slaughter/

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  12. MARIA SONIA ESTRADA-SOLERO permalink
    March 9, 2012 3:47 am

    POR FAVOR , AYUDEN A ESTOS POBRES ANIMALES

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  13. equus spiritus permalink
    March 9, 2012 10:54 am

    From Compassion in World Farming

    Thank You

    We have always known that Compassion’s supporters are amazing, and your response to the Gracia Del Mar disaster shows once again that when farm animals need urgent help, you are there to defend them.

    We would like to thank everyone who took action on this issue. Within the first 40 hours of us alerting you to this situation over 40,000 emails were sent to Brazil, Egypt and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) in Paris. This response is truly astounding.

    A final update…

    We’re now able to bring you an explanation for, and the final outcome of, this tragedy. Reports we have received suggest that when the Gracia Del Mar livestock ship passed the Algerian Coast, en route from Brazil to Egypt, it passed through a snow storm and extremely cold weather. Many of the cattle could not withstand this severe weather and this led to thousands of deaths.

    The ship then tried to dock in a number of places along the Red Sea and was refused for several days, both at Egyptian ports and in other nations. We understand that all live cattle have now been transferred from the Gracia Del Mar and have been taken to land, although it is not clear which country the animals finally ended up in.

    Around 3,000 animals, over half of those onboard the Gracia Del Mar when it left Brazil, are thought to have died in this catastrophe. While many of the exact details of this event remain unknown, one thing is clear: the long distance transport of animals must stop.

    Compassion has campaigned for many years on this issue, and this latest tragedy provides yet more evidence that long distance live transport has no place in modern farming. Our campaign goes on, and with your help, we will continue to fight to make sure these tragic disasters become a thing of the past.

    Thank you, once again, for your ongoing support and compassion.

    Best wishes,

    Like

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