The animals on the Bahijah are still to get their reprieve as loading of other live export ships takes precedence in Fremantle....so they sit on the ship and wait. But even when they do get off, WA Farmers Livestock Council president Geoff Pearson apparently confirmed to Sheep Central that the plan is still to prepare the sheep and cattle for re-export to Israel after resting on shore for at least 5-10 days: "hopefully we can offload the livestock and start preparing them for their re-export.”
This, at the time farmers want to drum up sympathy is not going to go down well. Every peer-reviewed article on live animal transport demonstrates the cumulative stresses, adverse animal welfare outcomes and increased disease risk with long journeys. Even trucking fresh, pasture-held sheep without water for 48h in perfect conditions with controlled trucking around Armidale (Fisher and colleagues) knocked the animals about so badly that it took a week to regain bodyweight. 34 days on a floating multi-story car-park is quite a different story. 5 days break would be outright animal cruelty. 10 days break not much better. If this industry wants public respect and social licence then they need to stop demonstrating their ignorance of, or indifference to, animal welfare.