35 days on and Australian sheep still sit on the Bahijah, not going anywhere, waiting to unload with ultimate fate unknown.
VALE has called for onshore processing as soon as feasible but there is no doubt that the exporters and livestock industry just want to truck these animals to a feedlot, let them spell a few days (enough to probably get over the trucking and endure a re-trucking) and then reload them...to send them around the Cape (35 days or so).
Fortunately, a number of media articles are now drawing attention to the plight and spelling it out. One of the most insightful is that of experienced former live export veterinarians Dr Lynn Simpson in Splash 24/7. Dr Simpson is one of the few live export veterinarians who has ever done the trip with livestock around the Cape. Her observations from that voyage are crucial.
Narelle Towie from The Guardian has also drawn attention to the fact that these animals will be unloaded in more blistering WA heatwave conditions.
The only appropriate solution for animal welfare is to get them off ASAP, in the coolest conditions possible and then take them to somewhere where they can recover before local processing. And if that costs the exporter....well so be it. The Australian live export industry has made more than enough money out of animal suffering. Now they should cough up and do the right thing... their insurance will likely be bearing the cost anyway.