With high mortality reports set to be released, it is only now in the public domain that a very high mortality voyage for the Bader was reported in 2013. It is believed the sheep, loaded in WA's winter, died of heat stress over a short period as summer temperatures in the Gulf soared. The mortality rate on the Bader has been reported as 5 per cent.
VALE's scientific review of Heat Stress in TVJ concluded that the heat stress risk assessment model was unlikely to be adequate to prevent heat stress in Australian animals travelling to a Middle East summer. The latest information reinforces that conclusion.
If live export is to continue, this issue must be addressed. Australian animals should not be exposed to these conditions, which can be extreme, and have throughout the history of the trade been associated with "heat crashes".