In Dec 2018, ALEC stated that there will be no trade of live sheep to the Middle East for three months from June 1 2019 - an industry imposed moratorium. This was welcomed as a positive sign that the industry were recognising issues with animal welfare on ships in June, July and August and being proactive.
Well, the Ocean Drover is due into Fremantle and Emanuels (yes the exporter that lost their export licence after the heat stress issues exposed in 2018) was buying up export sheep at sales in WA (Muchea) yesterday to ensure there are sheep for export to the Middle East on the Drover.
Yep thats right.....the welfare issues onboard ships to the Middle East in June apparently arent a problem provided the ships can leave the country by May 31st. Sadly, the Australian Government works off the same calendar.