Thousands of animals stuck on a ship – level 3

07-02-2024 07:00

A ship carrying 16,000 sheep and cows, initially bound for Israel, turned back from the Red Sea due to the risk of attacks by Yemen’s Houthi militia.

Stranded in an Australian port due to biosecurity rules during a heatwave, the exporter, Israeli firm Bassem Dabbah, seeks permission to offload some animals into quarantine. Another vessel, the Jawan, carrying around 60,000 animals, is en route to Jordan but has a contingency plan to unload in the Gulf if Red Sea entry is denied.

The MV Bahijah, managed by Korkyra Shipping, faces uncertainty as Australian officials consider the exporter’s request. Animal rights concerns and political pressure to ban live sheep exports persist as the situation unfolds.

Difficult words: biosecurity (measures to protect against the spread of harmful organisms), en route (on the way or in transit), contingency (a plan for an unexpected event).

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