This week we had the news of an ESCAS breach with 45 buffaloes being slaughtered (somehow) between 7 and 12 December 2019 on the back of a truck (using electrical goads to keep their heads in position).
But slaughter issues are only a problem if they actually get there. Some time between Feb and now, the Dept put up a few high mortality reports including High Mortality 81 - from a voyage in Aug 2019. Buffaloes crammed in like sardines if the representative photo (see photo) was anything to go on and IO report stated: "a number of buffalo pens contained stock numbers greater than the ASEL stocking densities. This impacted on the health and welfare of the animals ...as access to feed and water and their ability to rest was reduced."
BUT the government shoved it all under the mat and stated in the official investigation report that the IO indicated "possible overstocking" and that there were no breaches of ASEL. So much for the Moss Review, the Carter Review and not sanitising reports eh?
Oh yeah and the next buffalo voyage in November, was....another high mortality voyage (Report 82...not that it is available yet).