Charity races to save ‘starving’ cattle stuck on board transport ship
- July 3, 2020
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A British-run animal shelter in Spain has asked the government to help 3,800 cattle who have run out of food on board a transport ship denied permission to dock in Cartagena.
The animals on board the AK Julia are “going to die of hunger”, the Easy Horse Rescue Centre (EHRC) said in a statement.
The young animals were due to stock up on fodder in Cartegena on their way from Brazil to Turkey.
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However, the Easy Horse Rescue centre said representatives of the Talia shipping company contacted them after they were prevented from entering the harbour because of a legal dispute the firm has with a fuel supplier.
A spokesman for the Blázquez Maritime Agency that operates Cartagena port confirmed that the planned docking of the AK Julia had been cancelled “because the authorities will not permit her entrance”.
But Sue Weeding of EHRC has been told by Talia that the cows ran out of fodder on Monday morning and that the supplies of pellets, ryegrass and sawdust had been arranged in Spain with no alternatives available.
The AK Julia was last night due to arrive in Cartagena at around 8pm in the evening. A spokesman for Talia said the firm was trying to "sort out this arrest issue" with the court.
“We will get those cattle into the port for feeding, we are determined to do so,” Mrs Weeding told the Telegraph.