VALE has previously blogged on the folly and danger of shipping animals live to the ME with the current shipping volatility. RSPCA have met with the Dept to express concerns also. But the trade must go on....and what a predictable outcome: a vessel with Israeli owners, carrying Australian livestock headed to Israel is now having to turn back to Australia.
Consequences: for the exported livestock - a long and unnecessary voyage, with likely uncertain fodder adequacy (when they could have been slaughtered here in the first place).
Consequences for the farmers: priority of these animals on the kill floor due to quarantine/biosecurity concerns concerns
Consequences for Australia: a biosecurity risk that now has to be managed. Lets hope that no viral vectors have been picked up in transit and brought back or this foolhardy decision by the Dept to support this minority trade could literally come back to bite us.