Extreme heat in Iraq has resulted in a 4 day holiday. A quick look at the meteorologists map shows Kuwait similarly affected and guess where the live export ship Maysora is headed after leaving Fremantle? Kuwait. ETA Aug 12th. Temp expected on Aug 12th....around 47 degrees Celsius. Kuwait often a dry heat but to get to Kuwait, the ship has to sail through the Straits of Hormuz and this is what exporters themselves have to say about heat in that area:
"the Straits are notoriously bad for severe heat stress and humidity conditions" (Ferguson et al 2008)
So, the Dept of Ag has obviously signed off on a heat stress risk assessment model to allow a live ex vessel to sail into the highest temperatures on record for the region through an area notorious for heat and humidity. Vulnerable people die in these conditions.....expect vulnerable animals packed like sardines to do likewise...and watch this space....What sort of country are we?
Ferguson D et al. Review of the Livestock Export Heat Stress Risk Assessment Model (Hotstuff). MLA. Dec 2008