Jordan's King Abdullah
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Bad odors prompt Jordanian complaint

Bad smell of dead cows causes King Abdullah to ask Israel to close pen north of Eilat used to keep bulls imported from Australia

Jordan's King Abdullah demanded that Israel close down a pen at Kibbutz Eilot, north of Eilat, used to keep cows, for bad odors which he said were blown over the border by winds last week and disturbed his stay in Aqaba.


The Environment Protection Ministry ordered the kibbutz to dispose of all pollutant materials on its property.


The pen is used to keep bulls imported from Australia. The bulls are kept in isolation in Israel for weeks for fear that they might be carrying diseases that could touch off an epidemic among Israeli cattle. Some of the bulls die in the pen.


Last month Ynet reported that hundreds of bulls imported from Australia died in isolation pens in Arava apparently from lung diseases.


Members of the Let Animals Live animals rights group demanded that Israel halts all beef imports from Australia.


The group said most of the 500 dead animals died because of the dire conditions in which they transported and kept in the pens.


Many animals suffer serious injuries when transported from truck to truck.


Moran Rada contributed to this report


פרסום ראשון: 12.31.06, 19:43
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