The problem emerged as a Turkish businessman ordered 300 sheep from Ukraine. As they arrived in Turkey, the customer refused to take them due to bureaucratic issues. The sheep were taken back to Ukraine and taken to the quarantine zone; before that happened, the herd stayed at a local seaport for two weeks without any food or water. More than 50 animals died of starvation and exhaustion.
A local official offered to slaughter the surviving animals, as they could have been infected with a dangerous disease.
The Ukrainian police opened a criminal case on animal abuse and violation of the sanitary norms. The activists demanded to bring the said official to justice and pass the sheep to a new owner.
Veterinary doctors took the blood samples and examined the surviving animals.
As it was reported earlier, on October 6, the animals crossed the state border as “export goods” heading from Chornomorsk seaport (Odesa region) to Turkey. On October 12, they were returned as the Turkish side did not accept the cargo.
It was decided to dispose of 300 sheep which have been kept in a closed wagon in the port of Odesa region for more than two weeks. The State Service of Ukraine for Food Safety and Consumer Protection of Ukraine noted that it was impossible to return animals to Ukraine over the threat of spreading dangerous animal diseases.
As it was reported, the cargo was transported from Turkey. Ukraine’s Food Service reported with the reference to the World Organisation for Animal Health that the outbreaks of dangerous animal diseases, such as aphthous fever, ovinia and others, were registered in Turkey.