Dr Lynn Simpson is not the first veterinarian to be silenced by the live export industry, and unless the trade stops she will not be the last.
Mr Crean [Chair of ALEC] denies that the industry bullies shipboard veterinarians, but bullying has been a part of the trade for decades.
Very little has changed in the last 15 years. Most of the major exporters are the same and most of the ships are the same. The space allowances are exactly the same as they were in 1998. The only thing that has changed on ships is the class of stock and a slightly increased space allowance for stock heading into a Middle East summer. Nothing has changed substantially to improve animal welfare on these voyages.
If government and industry were truly committed to animal welfare they would have an independent veterinarian on every ship.