Warwick Daily News - South West Queensland Rural Weekly - - Rural Weekly -

of hun­dreds of Aus­tralian sheep, crammed to­gether and dy­ing aboard a squalid live ex­port ship, has shone the light on “shock­ing” fail­ures of the in­dus­try. The sec­tor is now be­ing pres­sured to meet higher stan­dards – or face a block­ade. The video, filmed by a nav­i­ga­tion of­fi­cer aboard mul­ti­ple voy­ages from Aus­tralia to the Mid­dle East, re­port­edly shows thou­sands of an­i­mals packed into ships’ pens – pant­ing in the ex­treme heat.

The of­fi­cer told 60

Min­utes that crew fainted while the sheep, un­able to leave the boat, were be­ing “put in an oven”. Min­is­ter for Agri­cul­ture David Lit­tleproud said he was “shocked and deeply dis­turbed” by the vi­sion. “This is the liveli­hood of farm­ers that are on that ship – that’s their pride and joy,” he said. “And it’s to­tal bulls*** what I saw tak­ing place.”

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