Saturday 29 April 2017

Charity's fury as 120 lambs die on flight

A livestock dealer with his sheep for sale in the Syrian capital Damascus on the second day of the Eid al-Adha Muslim holiday. Photo: Getty
A livestock dealer with his sheep for sale in the Syrian capital Damascus on the second day of the Eid al-Adha Muslim holiday. Photo: Getty

Claire McCormack

A top international farm animal charity has condemned the death of 120 Irish lambs who died from heat stress on a flight to Singapore.

The animals were part of a shipment of 1,704 Irish lambs being sent to the Asian city to be slaughtered at the Eid al-Adha Muslim celebration.

However, when the plane landed at Changi Airport on Sunday morning officials from Singapore's Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority discovered that more than 100 lambs had died.

Philip Lymbery, CEO of Compassion in World Farming (CIWF), a leading farm animal welfare charity, said: "It is appalling that Irish animals are still being sent on such long journeys to countries with animal welfare standards which fall far short of what is acceptable."

Irish Independent

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