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: Australia (typically) distances itself from cattle export catasrrophe
: Export News Tasmania March 15, 2012, 11:21:09 PM
Australian livestock exporters say the deaths of nearly 3,000 cattle on board a Brazilian-owned ship destined for Egypt is highly unlikely to happen on ships from Australia.

The cattle reportedly perished about ten days ago when the ventilation system on the ship broke down. Egyptian authorities would not allow the ship to dock, even though there were 2,000 live cattle still on board.

The surviving animals have since been unloaded.

Chairman of the Australian Live Exporters Council Peter Kane says the ships the Australian industry uses have to meet tough regulations.

"It would appear that it's a vessel that certainly wouldn't meet the standards that are set for the export of Australian livestock," he said.

"The standards we work under are set by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority.

"The sort of failures that occured on this vessel we would not expect to occur on a vessel that was operating under AMSA standards."

Australia's chief vet Mark Schipp says he's raised the incident with the OIE, the world animal health organisation, out of concern from the welfare of the stock.

By Libby Price

Thursday, 15/03/2012


http://www.abc.net.au/rural/news/content/201203/s3453942.htm
: Re: Australia (typically) distances itself from cattle export catasrrophe
: Export News Tasmania March 15, 2012, 11:24:40 PM
Make no mistake - there is absolutely nothing preventing a similar tragedy unfolding for Australian animals. The MV Al Messilah broke down 24 hours out of Adelaide last August and was ordered to return to port for maritime safety and animal welfare reaons. By that time, a reported 298 sheep were dead. Had the ship got further into its journey, the same catastrophe could have developed. The ships this industry uses are mostly around 30 years old, converted oil tankers, vehicle transporters and container ships. The MV Gracia del Mar was much the same age.