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: Some stranded sheep unloaded at Kuwait-others are still stuck on board
: WA Export News September 04, 2012, 11:20:51 AM
Stranded live export sheep unloaded at Kuwait 

Updated 7 minutes ago

Thousands of Australian sheep which were stranded on a live export ship off Kuwait have now been unloaded - but thousands more are still stuck on another ship after a disease outbreak.

Two Australian sheep shipments were stopped from unloading in Kuwait and Bahrain because of outbreaks of scabby mouth disease.

A spokeswoman for the Australian Livestock Exporters Council says all the sheep which had been destined for delivery to Kuwait have now been unloaded and are in a feedlot.

The ship, which has a carrying capacity of 50,000, was due to dock a week ago.

The spokeswoman says negotiations are continuing to get 22,000 sheep off the Australian ship Ocean Drover, moored off Bahrain. 
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Lateline has revealed the Ocean Drover was blocked from unloading in Bahrain about 10 days ago.

The sheep had already been on the water for 33 days.

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

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.

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

Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon says the situation is unacceptable.

"The memorandum of understanding now looks like worthless bits of paper," she said.

"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 feedlodts."