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Kuwait and Bahrain reject Australian live sheep. Thousands remain at sea.
« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2012, 12:24:57 AM »
Kuwait and Bahrain reject live sheep 
Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Broadcast: 03/09/2012
Reporter: Emma Alberici

Two Australian sheep shipments involving thousands of animals have been rejected for unloading in the Middle East and remain at sea.
 
Transcript EMMA ALBERICI, PRESENTER: Lateline can reveal two Australian sheep shipments involving thousands of animals have been rejected from loading in the Middle East and remain at sea.

The cases suggest procedures for animal welfare in the live export trade have failed.

The Australian ship Ocean Drover, carrying 22,000 sheep, was blocked from unloading in Bahrain about 10 days ago. The sheep had already been on the water for 33 days.

Kuwait has also rejected a shipment exported by the Australian company Emanuel’s on the Kuwaiti ship Al Shuwaikh. It has a carrying capacity of 50,000 and was due to dock a week ago. There are unconfirmed reports that the carrier is now moving its cargo to shore.

A memorandum of understanding put in place after the Cormo Express disaster of 2003, where 6,000 sheep died, is meant to protect animals involved in the live export trade.

LEE RHIANNON, GREENS SENATOR: The memorandum of understanding now looks like worthless bits of paper. What they require is for the sheep to be unloaded within 36 hours of docking. Even if they're sick, they're supposed to be put into quarantine feedlots.

EMMA ALBERICI: The Department of Agriculture says the shipments are both infected with the disease scabby mouth.

http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2012/s3582145.htm
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