Live sheep exports to the Middle East resume after moratorium

After a temporary ban during the northern hemisphere summer, a vessel carrying 57,000 live sheep will leave Australia for the Middle East on Monday.

The sheep are being loaded at Fremantle Port in Western Australia, before beginning a 14-day journey bound for Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates. It’s the first vessel to depart Australia since a temporary ban was imposed at the start of June this year.

The vessel departing Fremantle is owned by Kuwait Livestock Transport and Trading (KLTT) and operated by Rural Export and Trading Western Australia (RETWA). In April last year, KLTT was exposed by 60 Minutes with shocking video footage of distressed, dying animals on board the Awassi Express. The industry has been heavily scrutinised when the footage released showed the conditions onboard a vessel operated by export company Emmanuel Exports. The footage showed overcrowded sheep enclosures, with many animals suffering from heat stress. It was later revealed more than 2,400 sheep died due to the soaring temperatures and cramped conditions on board.

With such a horrific record, the Animal Welfare League NSW question the Department of Agriculture on why live exports to the Middle East have resumed when conditions for livestock are still not meeting regulatory obligations.

If you agree that it’s time to see an end to live export, please write to the Minister for Agriculture—the Hon. Bridget McKenzie MP: https://minister.agriculture.gov.au/McKenzie/contact

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