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.
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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.”