Certainly an animal welfare disaster when 59 out of 200 or so cattle die during a Bass Strait crossing in an open boat in high seas. However, possibly worse still if one looks at the general picture....ie were these non-prime beef cattle (eg in poor condition after the Tassie drought) or were they "cast for age" dairy cows, too old to be milked any more?
Greenham's website states that its Tongala plant in Victoria is Non-Halal and processes mainly cast-for-age dairy cows for export to the USA.
Difficult to comprehend that the most "hard-working" of all Australian cattle, with the most human contact, could end their days rewarded with a rough sea crossing before they get slaughtered...for hamburger meat! VALE maintains that animals should be slaughtered as close to the point of production as possible.