We know sick animals are unloaded off boats but we never get the figures of how many animals die in the feedlots ie the mortality between voyage and slaughter.
Well finally, we have some figures for at least one voyage and its not pretty. The latest ESCAS report shows that LSS discharged 10,167 cattle at Eilat, Israel between 9 and 11 May 2016. The voyage mortality was a very low 0.47% (48 cattle). However, 38 hospital cases that had been treated for BRD were discharged. In the quarantine that followed, 141 cattle deaths (1.4%) occurred over 24 days in one feedlot, 55 cattle deaths (3.6%) over 18 days in another where the hospital cases were sent. Heat stress and Bos taurus identified as an issue....AGAIN.
No doubt about it, both BRD and heat stress cause untold suffering in live export cattle and the extent of the suffering and deaths may not be represented at all in the voyage figures.