Australia to review live animal exports
14 Australia’s agriculture minister announced a whistleblower hotline to expose cruelty on live export ships and a review of his own department in response to shocking footage of sheep on five voyages to the Middle East during the 2017 northern hemisphere summer, including one trip on which 2,400 sheep died of heat stress.
David Littleproud said he would also look at strengthening the penalties for live exporters who breached animal welfare standards.
The footage, released through the advocacy group Animals Australia, was aired on the 60 Minutes current affairs programme.
Protesters were at Fremantle port in Western Australia on Monday, where the Awassi, the ship featured in that footage, was waiting for clearance to take around 55,000 sheep to the Middle East.