Sheep exported live for slaughter in the Middle East are routinely exposed to high temperatures.
Sheep on one of the voyages in 2018
More than 1500 sheep died across these voyages collectively from heat
stress, injury or disease – which was nevertheless under the official
“reportable mortality” rate.
The Al Shuwaikh.
is one of the Kuwait Livestock Transport and Trading ships that has its standards grandfathered.
The government has extended by a year the time it is giving exporters with old ships to continue with sub-standard conditions for sheep carried to the Middle East.
Michael McCormack on Barnaby’s future, latte sippers and other matters
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In this interview Nationals leader and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack pointedly avoids saying Joyce should run again in his New England seat at the election.
Victorian Russell Broadbent said he had recently been with a group of very conservative women from farming families, among whom the topic was white hot.
Broadbent didn’t use the term “doctors’ wives”, but these are the people he meant – Liberal supporters whose vote can be moved by particular causes.
Falinski said it was more efficient to have the sheep processed in Australia.
He told The Conversation that even when he finished his degree in the 1990s “the economic rationale for continuing the trade wasn’t strong”.
A protester holds a placard at an Adelaide rally against live export.
In choosing not to ban the live export trade even in the hottest northern months, the federal government is allowing animals to be put in conditions where they cannot possibly escape suffering.
In Israel, a petition against live sheep shipments has been signed by 60 leading rabbis.
The submission recommends an increase in the space allocation for each animal of at least 30% for sheep weighing 40-60 kilograms – the weight range of the typical sheep sent to the Middle East.
Michelle Grattan speaks with Deep Saini about the week in Australian politics.
Shadow agriculture minister Joel Fitzgibbon said farmers could actually benefit from the end of live sheep exports.
The undertaking represents another stage in the toughening of Labor policy on the issue. The opposition had a bipartisan approach a few weeks ago.
Michelle Grattan speaks to University of Canberra’s Deep Saini about the week in Australian politics.
Agriculture Minister David Littleproud rejected the Shorten call for a suspension.
Up to now, both government and opposition were anxious to stay in step.
Agriculture Minister David Littleproud has set up a review of the trade during the northern summer.
Wood’s call follows NSW Liberal and former health minister Sussan Ley declaring the trade should cease.
Sara Netanyahu asked Lucy Turnbull to help and remedy the live export situation.
On Friday the Agriculture department announced it had suspended the supply of sheep to a Qatar abattoir after seeing footage provided by Animals Australia.
Australia’s sheep trade is worth $250 million annually and involves about two million sheep.
It doesn’t need a review to tell you that for the sheep these voyages - even when they go better than this one did - are hell, whatever “standards” are imposed.
A sheep undergoing live export in 2017.
Footage of sheep transport conditions have shocked many, but live export has a long history in Australia.
Cattle at export yards in Darwin, Australia.
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Australian cattle may have been killed with sledgehammers in Vietnam.
You don’t have to work in a paddock to have a valid opinion on animal welfare.
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With animal welfare issues routinely handled by Senate committees with strong links to agriculture, how can we ensure that those outside the industry are being properly listened to?
Australia’s rules are meant to stop livestock being sold in roadside markets, but breaches are still being reported.
AAP Image/Animals Australia
After the 2011 live export crisis, Australia brought in rules designed to keep animals in accredited abattoirs. But with breaches widespread, there is little evidence that the rules are being policed.
Indonesia is turning to homegrown cattle for its beef needs, and cutting its Australian live imports.
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Indonesia’s shock decision to cut imports of Australian beef signals two things: Indonesia’s desire to focus on domestic cattle farming, and Australia’s lack of alternative options for exporting its own herd.