Against all logic and scientific evidence that shows that sheep are highly likely to suffer on June voyages, the Ocean Drover was allowed to set sail on Sunday night, loaded with livestock for the Middle East.
And, everyone criticised Animals Australia for their "last minute" efforts to stop it. Just HOW does any politician think that AA, RSPCA, AVA, VALE or any other group could possibly know that a ship was going to leave for the Middle East loaded with sheep on 26th May. Its not as though the exporters or the Dept kindly inform any of the animal welfare advocacy or veterinary groups of their intentions. So, we are always left with last minute actions and firefighting-type responses.
If this industry WERE actually open and transparent, which it is not AND if the Department were open and transparent (which despite the Moss Review, it is not), then organisations such as AA would not be left with these options. Very disingenuous for the WA Minister to then lay the blame at AA's doors. A low hit, Minister Mac Tiernan.