So here we are. The industry, who has always accused animal welfare groups of not enough science, have now turned the tables. Heat stress science is unarguable, so they are now claiming that animal welfare is not a science. And the 28 wet bulb temperature (WBT) is only a problem in climate controlled rooms but not a problem at all on densely packed ships.
Well, here are the facts and THEY DONT LIE. These are direct screen shots from the Independent Observer notes on the Bader (IO3): yep sheep on a May voyage suffer from heat stress....as predicted!
And, surprise surprise, no amount of space makes any difference, just as we have always said (based on SCIENCE).
We've seen what happens to our dairy cows when they go to Qatar and now we can see firsthand what happens when they go to Sri Lanka.
And this is clearly a double tragedy - terrible for the people also as is so often the case when poor animal welfare is involved.
We have no control over our exported animals but no doubt we will continue doing it. Meanwhile.....instead of quibbling over whether 9 or 10% had died, it would be good PR for Wellard to get themselves over there and sort this mess. Perhaps take a cargo of food over in one of their ships?? Now that would be good use for a live ex ship!