Vessel Tracker reports that 43 of 512 cattle aboard the 'LSS Success' have died during the voyage from East London (South Africa) to Port Louis (Mauritius), where it arrived on April 29, 2021. 8.4% mortality. The bodies of the dead animals were thrown into the sea during the voyage so no reports or necropsies available to assess the cause. Just another live ex disaster with no answers....
And the ship? Well according to Vessel Tracker, it has an interesting history also. Customs and drug enforcement officers reportedly found drugs on board of the 'LSS Success' on June 13, 2020 in Port Louis. 39 kilos of cannabis were found, including two kg of resin and one kg of paste. Five crew members were arrested, including four Indians and one Tanzanian. The ship had arrived on June 13 from Cape Town (in Stage 5 Covid lockdown) and Luanda.
Drug smuggling. High mortality voyages. All in a day's work!
In an article in Farm Weekly, the live ex industry continue to whinge about the amount of money it takes to regulate this industry. The industry is right to question the amount of money being spent to try and ensure some sort of animal welfare in the live export trade. But, they are right only because no amount of money will eradicate the consistent and inherent animal cruelty that continues to occur. New Zealand has recognised this and acted on it....not activists (as claimed in this piece) but Government. Australia is still dragging its heels.
Uruguay, reportedly sees the exit of NZ as an opportunity to increase shipments of dairy and beef breeding stock to China. This despite the fact that they have a steadily expanding global meat market without attracting the risks (to producers and the animals).
Uruguay believe they can manage animal welfare risks when a country like New Zealand, with a very high welfare reputation cannot. Not only that but apparently, Uruguay can ensure that live ex ships dont sink where NZ couldn't. In reference to the sinking of Gulf Livestock 1, Agriculture Minister Carlos Maria Uriarte apparently asserted “We need to take all the necessary precautions and be zealous about the welfare of the animals involved in this activity so these types of accidents don’t happen.”
Congratulations to Britain for its move to ban the live export of animals for slaughter and fattening, explore prohibiting the sale of foie gras and formally recognise animals as sentient beings. Leaving the EU has given the country of animal lovers greater power to act on their behalf. VALE welcomes the Animal Sentience Bill and notes that UK and NZ, continue to make Australia look barbaric with their failure to acknowledge the issue of sentience in the live ex trade.