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780 oxen forbidden by Algeria will be lowered into Sete and slaughtered-It is a misunderstanding about the health status of the three animals that would have led to this Algerian denial. When they arrived at Sete (from where they left on 2 September), one animal was dead, three were euthanized. Others will be slaughtered, a priori, in Aveyron.


780 oxen forbidden by Algeria will be lowered into Sete and slaughtered

780 oxen forbidden by Algeria will be lowered into Sete and slaughtered

He spent days and days traveling between France and Algeria. About 800 bulls, forbidden by Algeria after an administrative tussle between Paris and Algiers, were able to dock in Sete on Friday, announced the Hérault prefecture, before they were killed in Aveyron this weekend. “A sordid consequence for animals that must have been in hell for several weeks”, condemns 30 million friends.

After satisfactory health tests, “Hérault’s Prefect, Hughes Moutauh, consequently authorized the ship to dock at the port of Sete at 5 pm today,” indicated the prefecture in a press release. “The animals unloaded from the boat shall be kept in cattle trucks and taken to the place of their slaughter”, it specified.

Jacques Moliere, president of the Aveyron Chamber of Agriculture, said “the state has sought the slaughterhouses of Rodez and Saint-Afrique to kill the oxen”. According to him, the slaughter will “probably” happen at the end of this week.

“I think of the logic of bringing about 800 oxen to Rodez and then sending them to the renderer in Agen. Between Sète and Agen there are slaughterhouses,” lamented the farm manager. “Averon going through Ste and Agen There is no shortest path between There were solutions in Castres or Toulouse, ”he said.


Basically, “difficulty in interpreting” health status

On 5 September, two days after the departure of the cattle transporter from France – an 81-meter vessel under the Togolese flag, 45 years old – the Algerian authorities prohibited the unloading of cattle on its soil. French officials explained in Paris on Wednesday that a “difficulty in interpreting” the health status of the three animals was the reason for the interruption, assuring that “there was no infringement by the French authorities on the certificate of export” that departed was permitted. beast.

Healthy bulls were vaccinated against infectious bovine rhinotracheitis (IBR). However, documents attached to their export certificates mentioned “IBR positive”, falsely suggesting that they were carriers of the virus, according to the agriculture ministry.

Despite the explanation provided by France, Algeria still refused to enter its territory “for regulatory reasons”. After “fruitless discussions”, France decided to bring back the boat and kill these 780 animals because they were “grass-fed” from Algeria, a country where another animal disease, foot, and mouth disease, is known to exist.

Friday, “the results of the analysis and veterinary visit show no signs of contamination with foot and mouth disease”, underscoring the Hérault prefecture, reporting “the bull calf found dead” and three others reporting “inappropriate transport”. Huh. Had to euthanize.

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