The New Zealand Herald

Trade under fire


The Australian live export industry is under fire after video emerged of hundreds of sheep dying in extreme heat and filth aboard ships bound for the Middle East. The video, filmed by a navigation officer aboard multiple voyages, shows dozens of distressed sheep struggling to breathe while dead animals are thrown over the side of the boat. Some of the footage, shown on Nine Network’s 60 Minutes programme, allegedly came from a voyage by market giant Emanuel Exports, which is now the focus of a potential blockade. An Emanuel Exports ship carrying 65,000 live sheep and 250 cattle to the Middle East will be blocked from leaving Australia today if the export company fails to meet strict new conditions. The Agricultur­e Department wants the amount of stock on the ship to be reduced, and independen­tly gathered video and photograph­s of conditions sent to the department every day after it sets sail.

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