"Nearly 2 billion farm animals are transported around the world every year in a
trade worth worth more than $20bn (£15bn) a year.
“Maritime livestock vessels are the Pandora’s box of international smuggling,”
says Charlotte Nithart, director of French NGO, Robin des Bois, which
specialises in maritime safety and pollution, smuggling, poaching and animal
welfare. Livestock ships, she says, are “unrivalled” in their usefulness for
“illegally transporting dubious goods, such as narcotics, weapons, counterfeit
goods and wildlife by-products”.
The advantages of livestock ships, says Nithart, include the off-putting
logistics of where to put animals if a ship is impounded, the size of the
vessels, their poorly paid crews and global reach, which spans routes from
Colombia and Brazil to European and eastern Mediterranean ports, including
those in Turkey, Egypt, Lebanon and Jordan.
Other benefits, says Maria Boada, a live animal transport specialist with the
Animal Welfare Foundation, include the difficulty of searching pens filled with
live animals and the strong smells."
Via Glyn Moody, who wrote "another reason to ban this revolting and cruel
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