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Re: Animal welfare researcher believes export livestock need more room on ships
« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2012, 07:10:27 PM »
Over density of animals can cause not just limited movement but also heat stress and increased respiration rates.

According to an article published on the following link: www.eduweb.vic.gov.au, the normal respiration rate for sheep is between 15-40 breaths per minute at rest.  Interestingly, some respiration rates of sheep taken by on board vets during voyages record rates of between 80 and 120 breaths per minute.

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Animal welfare researcher believes export livestock need more room on ships
« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2012, 11:48:54 AM »
Researcher believes export livestock need more room on ships By Caitlyn Gribbin
 Thursday, 30/08/2012
 
An animal welfare researcher says the stocking densities on live cattle and sheep export boats need investigating.

Professor Clive Phillips, from the University of Queensland, has won an award, funded by activist group Voiceless, for his research on animal welfa

He says there are many issues on live export boats that need addressing.

"One of the biggest ones we're wanting to investigate in more detail would be the high stocking density of animals on the ship," he said.

"We have measured movement of sheep around the pens and find that's really quite limited.

"They have to move forwards and backwards to the feed, and they do that, but in terms of other movement around the pen, there's not a lot of room for it."

http://www.abc.net.au/site-archive/rural/news/content/201208/s3579356.htm

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