Animals International reports that six fully loaded livestock carriers, recently departed from Spain and Romania, are now waiting to pass through the Suez Canal. There may be others. It is now estimated that it could take weeks to move the large container ship that is currently preventing ships passing through.
Will the animals onboard these six ships face extended times at sea, or will authorities act quickly on their behalf? Action was not taken quickly enough in the case of the cattle on the Karim Allah and the Elbeik. Both vessels spent three months at sea. Many of the young bulls died, and the remainder were considered to have suffered so much that the most humane thing to do was to euthanase them with a veterinarian report confirming that animals were in "a bad general state" with the worst affected, no longer able to open their eyes or respond to stimuli.
Of potentially even more concern is if livestock carriers are actually stuck in the Suez Canal as this could result in issues for ventilation in hot weather (ie no ship movement) eg High Mortality Voyage 39.
No matter how good the intention, it is simply not possible for the live export trade to mitigate the many animal welfare risks associated with transport by sea.