VALE monitored livestock being loaded at Fremantle Port for a number of years (until they banned public access to stop us). We observed animals on the truck that met ASEL rejection criteria and some that would have been not "fit-to-load" under any code. We saw sheep with scabby mouth heading to the ill-fated Ocean Drover voyage (rejection for scabby mouth in Bahrain resulted in the brutal slaughter of 22000 sheep in Pakistan). We had no way of knowing whether these "reject" animals were rejected after inspection at the Port but the number of sheep leaving on the reject trucks was quite low. We documented our concerns in a submission to the Fremantle Port Review.
Well now we have the other side of the story. Ex live-ex veterinarian Dr Lynn Simpson has confirmed that "rejects" were not always rejected at port. She details the frustrations and difficulties that the "rejects" caused shipboard veterinarians, knowing that these animals should never have made it onto the boat.
This isnt an overseas issue. These non-rejected "rejects" were animals that should have had protection under Australian law ie ASEL.