However, a more shocking revelation about this high mortality voyage (Report 68) was the fact that the problem was detected by an exporter representative, a stockman and a DVO (Department Veterinary Officer) BEFORE the ship left port...and the fact that the problems started on the voyage ON THE MORNING OF Day 1, ie it could have been banned from sailing or could have turned around and come back.
A government spokesperson was happy to point out to the ABC that this was essentially a breach of ASEL but there was no mention of this in the Investigation Report. No such directions as to appropriate procedure appear to have been given for the subsequent voyage with the same shipboard veterinarian.
THE LIVE EXPORT HIGH MORTALITY INVESTIGATIONS ARE A COMPLETE FARCE...its no wonder shipboard vets wont report high mortality voyages. The common reason provided for deliberately under-reporting mortalities to stay under the acceptable percentages is that it is a huge amount of work reporting a high mortality voyage and nothing constructive ever comes of it. VALE agrees.