The Australian Govt has granted permission to RETWA for leave to load the Al Kuwait but the court case mounted by Animals Australia is ongoing in Melbourne as we write this blog.
Whilst the outcome of that is not known, VALE does know the outcome for thousands of the original 56000 consignment...and that is local processing WA abattoirs. VALE was aware that about 8000 of the consignment had already been sent for slaughter. Yesterday, we had firsthand evidence as we watched the heavier sheep (ie >50kg) head down Albany Highway to southern abattoirs. It is now believed that 10000-12000 sheep have dodged the high risk voyage and have been slaughtered in Australia. Stunned slaughter in a first world country without 3 weeks of prior hell is definitely a win....a small win.....but a win nonetheless.