Op-ed on Live Transport and the Climate Crisis

Op-ed on Live Transport and the Climate Crisis


Executive Director Mia MacDonald & Jo-Anne McArthur of We Animals Media wrote about the “thousands of innocent [sheep] souls” who’ve drowned and the direct connection to the climate crisis in their latest op-ed “The Sinking Ship: The Romanian Sheep Transport Disaster and the Climate Crisis.”

Jo-Anne has photographed many transport ships and has worked to get people to see these animals. The two write, “the immediate cause of what happened to the vessel, the Queen Hind, en route to Saudi Arabia, isn’t yet clear (improper loading of the ship has been mentioned). However, the deeper reasons for why an accident like this could have occurred are apparent, if you look. Every year, millions of cattle, sheep, and goats are transported in huge containers to and from various regions of the world. Some travel thousands of miles over many days; some ships contain as many as 85,000 animals. These sheep, cows, and very young calves, among others, are transported live so they can be fattened for slaughter, or freshly killed once they arrive to meet religious restrictions, or for their meat to be frozen and sent on to yet more destinations.”