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Nearly 15,000 cattle and sheep died during live animal transportation in 2013
« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2014, 09:56:34 PM »
Live export deaths total almost 15,000 with Middle East the deadliest route


  ALMOST 15,000 cattle and sheep died during live animal transportation last year, according to new data released by the Department of Agriculture.
 

More than 14,000 deaths were sheep and an increase in cattle exports of 24 per cent between 2012 and 2013 saw cattle death rates jump from 681 to 830.

Journeys to the Middle East were the most dangerous for Australian livestock. More than a quarter of all journeys to the Middle East since 2006 have produced in excess of 1,000 sheep or cattle deaths en route to their destination.
         

       Live exports ... Brahman cattle bound for Indonesia are held at Cedar Park, a pre-export height=366   Live exports ... Brahman cattle bound for Indonesia are held at Cedar Park, a pre-export feed lot 100km south of Darwin. Picture: Dave Hunt Source: Supplied
   
Last year the deadliest journey occurred between Adelaide, Fremantle and Qatar when 4,179 sheep died on the way. Of the total deaths more than 3,000 were killed as they were being discharged in Qatar. Heat stressed was blamed in 97 per cent of those cases.

Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary, Phillip Glyde, said live export deaths were distressing but the data aims to “improve the transparency of the live export trade, to try and determine, where possible, what the cause of the high mortalities are and determine if any action is required by industry to reduce the risk of any reoccurrence”.

February 24, 2014

http://www.news.com.au/national/live-export-deaths-total-almost-15000-with-middle-east-the-deadliest-route/story-fncynjr2-1226836280827