Well the FOIs on the Bader voyage are out and the Department of Agriculture (DoA) has denied covering up the circumstances surrounding the mass death of more than 4000 sheep last year.
Interesting that the exporter took 13 days to notify the department (should be within 12 hours), daily reports not produced as required and that there was no mention by exporter or DoA of such a disastrous incident until it was revealed by The West Australian in January. And there are many more questions that need to be asked eg:
1. how did 4000 Merino sheep die of heat stress on a voyage where only 1/600 cattle died? Sure they were heat tolerant Bos indicus types....but were they really this heat tolerant??
2. why were the enclosed decks worse affected than open decks? (was there a failure in ventilation?)
3. why the discrepancies between reported wet bulb temperatures and daily temperatures and humidity in Doha for that day?
4. Why were the Freo sheep dying at a much higher rate than the Adelaide sheep before the heat crash?
And the list goes on.
What did really happen? Was there a problem in ventilation? Was it fixed in the days before AMSA could check? Why did LSS delay reporting? Why did LSS get off scot free after breaches in reporting? So many questions and we will never know the answers....as usual.