Australia watched with hope as David Littleproud stuttered, blustered and appeared to show genuine horror at the animal welfare conditions in the live export trade after 60 Minutes...
He then called a review into heat stress....the McCarthy Review...and ignored its most critical recommendation (a recommendation that was supposed to be implemented by July 2018). Result - absolutely no changes for the animals sailing into the ME this summer apart from a paltry increase in space, an increase the Australian Veterinary Association stated was the minimum to ensure animals could stand up, lie down and reach troughs ie basic animal welfare NOT prevention of heat stress.
He also called a review into Department culture...the Moss Inquiry.....but why bother? He over-rides his Dept when it does something meaningful (which is rare). The Dept of Ag supported AMSA on the removal of the sunset clauses for oldships that no longer comply with current standards by 2019. But David Littleproud changed the date to 2020....to accommodate exporters such as Emanuel Exports (who have just been given a show cause notice...go figure).
SHEEP WILL SUFFER AND DIE FROM HEAT STRESS THIS MIDDLE EAST SUMMER. Tragically, nothing has changed for the sheep.
So, what has changed? Only this, David Littleproud.... that all Australians know about it now.
Please get behind AMSA and "vote" today. A submission to AMSA on the Marine Orders is quite simple...just go to RSPCA Australia's website: https://rspca.org.au/campaigns/live-animal-export/amsa/take-action