Murdoch University researcher Dr Jo Moore found bovine respiratory disease (BRD) rather than heat stress to be the main cause of death on long haul voyages from Fremantle.
She indicated that with better vaccination and management strategies, deaths from BRD could be reduced (but questioned whether economics would win out!). Hopefully her recommendations will be followed.
However, we would like to know if the voyages included those from all exporters, in all classes of ships and at different times of years. Did the researchers get to go on the Bader for example..in a Middle East summer? Did they get to do any necropsies on LSS voyages at all? Did the researcher herself get to go on the ships and perform the necropsies or did she rely on material collected by the exporter's vets? We look forward to the full scientific details.
Denmark has joined Sweden, Poland, Switzerland and Norway in banning unstunned slaughter. Minister Dan Jørgensen announced on Denmark’s TV2 that “animal rights come before religion.”
Interestingly, the move has been condemned anit-Semitic. Interesting that anti-Semitic is also anti-Muslim. Perhaps it is all about ensuring the best outcome for animals????
Australia’s livestock export industry was not only exporting livestock around the world, but best practice in animal welfare as well, LiveCorp chairman David Galvin told a Senate Estimates hearing in Canberra this week.
LiveCorp has made 116 R&D reports publicly available on its website to help other countries improve their own knowledge about animal welfare. "We want people to come to us and seek our advice,” Mr Galvin said.
Looks like the Egyptians may have forgotten to download those documents. Oh thats right we stopped exporting there when 10 years of direct involvement failed to prevent animal abuse at Egyptian abattoirs.
So lets check a few other countries....well there was Indonesia in 2011 (after 20 years involvement), Israel, Gaza, Jordan, Kuwait etc......
Its nice to think we influence other countries Mr Galvin....shame it doesnt happen in practice.