After VALE's FOI request resulted in Nick Butterly from The West Australian exposing the Al Messilah disaster, everyone was quick to point out the age of the ship. There was discussion of grandfather clauses (none of which should affect the single-tiered Al Messilah) and the generally old nature of the fleet (with over half the live export ships being more than 20 years old) (See https://thewest.com.au/business/agriculture/old-live-animal-export-ships-face-ban-ng-b88575313z).
But....now...the newest edition to the live export fleet has proved disastrous. In April, 7.79% of 1,236 cattle died on an eight-day trip from Darwin to Malaysia and Brunei. 90 were euthanised as a result of slipping. [How long ago did Banney et al review bedding and floor surfaces? 8 years ago...?]
The ship's Australian certificate has now been revoked and it cannot be used for export again until it obtains a valid certificate.
Perhaps it is time to revoke live export instead?
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