Over and over again, like a cracked record, the industry tell us that the photos from experienced live export veterinarian Lynn Simpson are outdated and that the conditions onboard ships are good, even on occasion being likened to luxury cruises.
Well here is the video that tells us that Lynn Simpson's report to the ASEL Review is as relevant in 2018 as it was in 2012. Bear in mind that the major exporter involved in this shipment is one of the major exporters from Australia and that we are repeatedly told that all the exporters care deeply for the welfare of their shipboard livestock.
So, here is the video from Brazil, in 2018, from the Nada, in Portugese, but the pictures tell the story:
1) space allocation here is the same or slightly more generous than that on Australian ships. YEP thats it.....no ability for all animals to lie down or move easily in a pen. Not all animals can lie down at the same time, meaning they have to take “shifts” or lie on each other causing likely injury or suffocation.
2) the fodder has a high percentage of dusty components indicating that the pellets have disintegrated. This can be unpalatable to cattle leading to shy feeding or can result in the occurrence of unusually high incidence of potentially fatal bloat. Hopefully this doesnt happen in Oz but who knows?
3) some water troughs are undrinkable and fouled with sludge from broken down pellets or pellet powder/dust washing off cattle mouths when they drink- making water undrinkable
4) evidence of animals with clear pathology (eye and limb) in general pens - were they loaded with these conditions? Perhaps loading healthy stock only happens in Australia where the caring exporters are required to do so by law.
4) interestingly and bizarrely, the amount of sawdust bedding in empty pens appears to be much more generous than on Australian voyages (cheap in Brazil?), yet even that amount is not sufficient to prevent animals being coated in faeces.
This is live export, the real thing...not the sanitised industry photos. A big thank you to those in Brazil who provided this diligent footage. Amazing work.