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Please ask Egyptian Government To Help Starving Animals

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.

Please send polite comments to:

The Honorable Mohamed Reda Ismail Abdel Hady
Egyptian Minister for Agriculture

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.

For more tips on writing, please see PETA U.S.’ letter-writing guide.

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.

Thank you in advance for your action for animals!


The PETA Asia-Pacific Team


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2 Responses

  1. LisaN. says:

    save them to slaughter them? doesn’t make sense.

    • theroaringbutterfly says:

      Hi Lisa,

      I hear ya. It’s brutal either way. I guess if it’s possible to end their suffering quicker rather than a long, drawn out death it would be degrees better.

      Thanks for your comment.

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