If Australia thought the world wasnt watching, its wrong. Voyages to China make the news OS with reference to VALE's paper.
Al Mawashi has paused the live export of sheep from South Africa to the Middle East, blaming the South African Department of Agriculture for “dragging their feet”.
The South African animal welfare agency NSPCA says this is a victory for the animals - it is and thanks to the tireless work of NSPCA
However, concerningly, sheep will instead be exported from Australia – where the industry is currently trying to undo the moratorium on the live export of sheep from Australia’s winter to the Middle East summer.
Let’s hope that the Australian government stands firm on animal welfare and doesnt bow to the Kuwaiti pressure.
LiveCorp is reportedly introducing students from Taminmin College near Darwin to the live export industry, with an eye for finding them placements.Let’s hope the students recognize a sunset industry when they see one and instead look to a future in ethical agriculture.
VALE urges the students to analyse the industry’s track record on animal welfare and contact VALE or the RSPCA for more information on the suffering of Northern Territory cattle and buffalo suffer along the supply chain, at sea and once they reach their destination. VALE can supply peer reviewed scientific information (as opposed to glossy industry spin) on request eg Hing et al Animal Welfare Risks in Live Cattle Export from Australia to China by Sea in which Independent observer summaries identified hunger, thirst, exposure to extreme temperatures, poor pen conditions, health issues, absence of veterinarians, rough seas, poor ship infrastructure, mechanical breakdown and mismanagement at discharge as animal welfare concerns (https://www.mdpi.com/2076-2615/11/10/2862)
A quick flick through a Freo Port log 2002-2003 made interesting reading. Of the vessels leaving Freo between 12.02-08.03, the following live ex vessels were listed:
Becrux – built 2002; now Ocean Drover – in Freo 27.12.02 and in port now
Bison Express – built 1995 – still operating out of Australia
Brahman Express – built 2002 - currently exporting cattle from Darwin to Jakarta
Maysora – built 1989 – still operating out of Fremantle
Shorthorn Express – built 1998 – still operating, including out of Australia and NZ in 2020
Al Shuwaikh – now Bashar One – built 1986 - still operating but not out of Australia since double tier decks banned
Bader III – 1978 still operating but not out of Australia since double tier decks banned
Danny F II – sunk loaded in 2009; Australian stockman died
Cormo Express - dead
Buffalo Express - dead
Corriedale Express – dead (scrapped 2021!)
Al Khaleej - dead
YEP out of 12 vessels in Freo Port 20 years ago, 7 are still operating as livestock carriers around the world with 5/12 still operating out of Australia. What a modern fleet of vessels to be used by the trade!