The only way they can wiggle out of this is to claim conditions have improved since the photos were taken....they havent:
1. The Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock (ASEL) has changed little since its introduction in 2005. The latest version is from 2011, when Lynn Simpson was still sailing. The ASEL review report was published in May 2013 and the recommendations have not been followed.
2. ASEL v2.3 (2011) has exactly the same space allowances as were present in 1999 (Marine Orders 43 Issue 4) and 1998 (Investigation of cattle deaths during sea transport from Australia; Norris and Creeper MLA). There has been no change in routine space allowances for at least 18 years and certainly none since Lynn Simpson left.
3. Provisions for bedding have never changed in ASEL despite a review in 2009 (Banney, Henderson, Caston, MLA) - some of Lynn Simpson's older photos were used in that report....yes, she has tried to change the situation for a long time.
4. There have been no substantial changes to shipboard mortality for sheep or cattle for over 15 years (Shipboard Performance Reports; Moore et al Aust Vet J 2015).
So....here's the question....if everything has so magically fixed....and all since Lynn Simpson has left the trade.... there should be no problem having independent veterinarians onboard. They should be welcomed. Likewise, there should be no resistance to the ALP/Greens proposal of having an Independent Office for Animal Welfare.
A squeaky clean industry should have nothing to hide.......