Yesterday brought the distressing news that 22,000 Australian sheep are stuck on board a live export vessel, just off the coast of Bahrain. The sheep have now been on board for 33 days, which is simply unacceptable. It is almost double the time of a normal journey.
We hold grave concerns for the sheep on board the Ocean Drover. They have been rejected from entering Bahrain because they have the contagious viral disease, scabby mouth.
The animals are also very likely to be suffering from heat stress caused by major variances in temperature. The sheep on board Ocean Drover have come from an Australian winter and are now crammed onto a vessel with temperatures soaring to 40 degrees during the day and around 29 degrees at night. Far from ideal…
These sheep have already been subject to other stress-causing factors such as ship motion, high levels of ammonia, cramped conditions and noise and vibration.
The live export trade is an inherently risky business. An importing country can change its mind or reject a shipment at a moment’s notice, despite agreements being in place. This is why Australia can, and indeed must, move towards the more humane and sustainable option of on-shore processing. For the Australian economy, for farmers and for these poor animals, this is a win-win, sustainable solution.
Take action today at www.humanechain.org/take-action