Clearly farmers are divided at the moment….there are those that have assessed the situation accurately and care enough about their sheep to stop trading into live export. Then there are those that keep repeating that all that matters is the dollar.
VALE has the science and we have it published. It is simply not possible to transport winter acclimatised Australian sheep to a northern ME summer without them getting heat stress. Period. Check any heat stress reference and check the weather in the Gulf. If there is only one sheep on any of these ships, it will suffer.
Farmers wouldn't leave their Kelpie in the ute cab in the sun……and wouldnt set fire to their sheep paddock..... Its not OK to let animals cook to death on a boat either.
A very big thank you to Colin Treasure and other courageous livestock producers who have spoken up for their animals after careful assessment of the situation.
See Caulfield et. Heat stress: A major contributor to poor animal welfare associated with long-haul live export voyages. Published in the prestigious international journal, The Veterinary Journal. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1090023313004462