The maritime fraternity are increasingly interested in the issues of live export. It seems, that apart from recognising the unmistakable odour of livestock carriers on the high seas, the LE trade has been as much a mystery to them as it has been to animal welfare advocates, farmers, veterinarians and the Australian public.
This week Maritime Executive published an interview with VALE regarding an investigative report and analysis of the extreme heat stress mortality event on the Bader III (Voyage 46). Like many such events, it has taken time to investigate: government investigation reports, then FOI requests, then the correspondence with the government etc mean that any such investigations drag out over years. Despite careful analysis and persistence to try and ascertain what really happened on that voyage, we will never know as the government are certainly not telling us. However, we can guess what it was like with 4000 sheep dying of heat stress as co-incidentally, another maritime media, Splash published a very detailed and distressing description of "livestock cooked at sea" from experienced live export veterinarian, Lynn Simpson.