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Australia ‘shocked’ by 2,400 sheep deaths on export ship

BBC NEWS: ‘About 2,400 animals succumbed to heat stress while travelling from Perth to three nations in the Middle East in August, according to the government. One minister said he was “shocked and deeply disturbed” after seeing footage supplied by an animal rights group… The deaths in August comprised 3.76% of the 63,800 sheep on board the ship, almost twice the percentage that requires formal investigation, the government said…

The animals had endured extreme heat on the voyage to Qatar, Kuwait and United Arab Emirates… Animal rights groups in Australia have previously called for the suspension of live exports due to welfare concerns. In 2011, Australia suspended its live trade to Indonesia for six months after a TV documentary showed graphic footage of animals being mistreated’. SOURCE…

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