Red Sea: Ship with 16 thousand sheep capsizes, killing almost all of them



by LORENZO CIOTTI

Red Sea: Ship with 16 thousand sheep capsizes, killing almost all of them

Incredible slaughter of sheep in the Red Sea: a ship that could carry up to 9000 specimens, had loaded almost twice as many, 16000. However, the ship capsized, killing almost all the poor animals. The boat was headed for Saudi Arabia, and according to the first reconstructions, the boat would not have supported the weight of the thousands of animals, overturning.

Only 700 specimens were saved, but their health conditions would be very serious, with the animals dying. The ship sank after several hours, saving the crew and the 700 sheep we mentioned above. A tragedy that could have been avoided by using common sense, and not by treating animals as things.

The sheep of a shy character, but, contrary to what one might think, is very intelligent, with a good memory and ease of learning.

Generally the fleece of the sheep is markedly thick and dense, extremely warm and of rapid growth; it is usually white, whitish, off-white, sometimes even hazel. Often in small lambs the hair, not yet woolly, can be transiently very dark, almost black.

Worldwide, sheep farming is widespread in Australia, New Zealand, Argentina and South Africa. Lambs are raised mainly for meat, only a part is in fact raised to be used for reproduction. It is a widespread tradition in many areas of Italy to eat lamb on Easter day, after all the lamb is the sacrificial animal par excellence in the cultures bordering the Mediterranean basin.

Milk as a drink is much less common than that of cattle, but is widely used in the dairy industry for the production of pecorino and ricotta cheese. In particular, sheep's milk is richer in fat and its products have a marked aroma.

Wool, the product that comes from shearing the sheep's fleece, has been used since ancient times as a textile fiber. The quality differs depending on the breed of the animal and the part of the body it comes from. The most valuable breeds are the Merino (present in Spain and Australia), the Disheley Leicester (with long and very soft wool), the Lincoln and Doron (rare and with short wool).

The wool is carefully spun and worked with rather complex methods, and is then used to make warm clothing, pillows and mattresses.