Live ex crew jumps ship
And whilst Australia ponders its live export future, live export crews have revolted in Fremantle. Apparently, an AMSA surveyor inspected the Maysora in Fremantle on Tuesday and confirmed crew were not paid wages according to employment agreements.
"AMSA detained the vessel following that inspection," an AMSA spokesperson said.
"The vessel will not be allowed to leave port until AMSA is satisfied that wages have been paid and the operator demonstrates plans for ongoing payment of all wages."
Dr Lynn Simpson has written at length about the poor conditions for the crew. It is well known that when animal welfare is poor, human welfare is usually also poor!
Writing is on the wall
According to the ABC, industry figures recognise that the live export market is too fickle....both with respect to welfare and markets. The more far-sighted figures are urging appropriate transition......our politicians must listen to them so that the transition happens and that it happens with the least pain. Having heads in the sand will no longer work.....its over.....at least for the southern trade.