Loophole in summer export ban leaves cattle roasting in 38°C trucks
14 July 2019
Irish cattle are being shipped to eastern Europe before being taken to Turkey, circumventing a ban on live exports to hot countries during July and August that was put in place to prevent livestock dying of heat exposure.
Caroline Rowley of Compassion in World Farming said an investigation it carried out in conjunction with European animal welfare groups had established that cattle exported to the Czech Republic in late June had been shipped overland to Turkey in conditions where temperatures had reached 38C. The cattle were transported by road through Bulgaria.
Cattle exports from Ireland to countries such as Turkey and Libya are banned in July and August under EU rules that prohibit the transport of livestock in temperatures above 30C. The Department of Agriculture
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