300 sheep which have been kept in a closed wagon in the port of Odesa region for more than two weeks, will be disposed of. This was announced by the State Service of Ukraine for Food Safety and Consumer Protection of Ukraine.
"The first deputy head of the Food Service instructed to identify the cargo, its control when transporting the animals from seaport to the place of disposal (Tulchyn branch office of Ukrvetsanzavod in Vinnytsa region) and ensure control during its disposal," it said.
The service 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 were registered in Turkey, such as aphthous fever, ovinia and others.
“Ukraine forbids importing animals infectible with such diseases from Turkey, as well as any products or materials made of them,” the service said.
The service also noted that such decision was made upon the address of the animals’ owner regarding their utilization. The address of the owner was necessary before taking any actions concerning the sheep.
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.