The live export industry now has nearly a year to try and get everyone to forget the truth. Farm Weekly reports on a push to shorten the Northern Summer Order moratorium. The exporters want a change before next year's anticipated moratorium in June. The report indicates that RETWA's June shipment on the Al Kuwait, a voyage with a stocking density so low that it was not commercially viable, is considered evidence enough for reducing the moratorium.
Even if the voyage were representative, which it was not, consider the facts:
-all sheep suffered some level of heat stress
-28 sheep died but inexplicably another 155 sheep totally disappeared from the manifold
-28 died but only 20 got a post mortem....why? too autolysed with heat stress?
- there were trauma and crush injuries
-3 late pregnant ewes were identified and four lambs born even though late pregnant sheep are not ASEL compliant
- pens near the engine were hotter despite the purported brilliant ventilation on the purpose-built ship
- intervention was required to prevent pen flooding
And let's not forget the images on board the Awassi Express from five voyages showing thousands of sheep suffering severe heat stress and dying bogged in excrement; injured and sick animals left to die slowly; decomposed bodies left in pens with living sheep and pregnant ewes giving birth and their lambs dying.
And lets not forget the statistics that show that the mortality (and thus suffering) is far worse in the northern summer months.
This is the truth about the industry that one "show" voyage by the Al Kuwait is expected to hide.