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: Sheep loaded onto Al Shuwaikh in Fremantle 1.4.2014 destined for Bahrain.
: WA Export News April 01, 2014, 01:14:55 PM
 First sheep sail to Bahrain since suspension.

 The first shipment of sheep destined for Bahrain since the industry-imposed ban is being loaded in Fremantle port in Western Australia.

The consignment on the Al Shuwaikh vessel by Emanuel Exports is part of a shipment of about 80,000 sheep to the Middle East, 25,000 of which will be off-loaded in Bahrain.
   
    (http://www.abc.net.au/news/image/5290878-3x2-340x227.jpg)  (http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-04-01/bahrain-sheep-feeding/5359026) Photo: Australian sheep will be exported live to Bahrain for the first time since 2012. (http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-04-01/bahrain-sheep-feeding/5359026)

Bahrain took approximately 500,000 live sheep per year from Australia until 2012, when Bahrain rejected a shipment on the grounds the sheep were diseased.

Australia argued that the sheep should have been accepted according to Memorandum of Understanding in place between the two countries.

That rejection of that shipment lead to around 20,000 sheep being brutally culled (http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-07-24/daff-pakistan-sheep-report/4840882) in a facility in Pakistan in September 2012, in an incident condemned by animal welfare groups and the livestock industry alike.

Federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce inspected the loading operations at Fremantle port yesterday and says it’s unlikely Bahrain would reject sheep from Australia again.

“We do have contingencies for off-loads to deal with that issue and we have agreements in place with Bahrain that says that will be highly unlikely.

“It’s extremely important we get this trade going. This trade is vitally important for people in south-west Western Australia.

“A wheat-sheep belt is not much use to you if you’ve only got wheat and there’s a drought.”

Mr Joyce is travelling to Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait next week to make connections and encourage more trade.  WA Country Hour  By Olivia Garnett

1.4.2014
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-04-01/sheep-load-ship-destined-for-bahrain/5358964 (http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-04-01/sheep-load-ship-destined-for-bahrain/5358964)
: Re: Sheep loaded onto Al Shuwaikh in Fremantle 1.4.2014 destined for Bahrain.
: Steph Dyer April 01, 2014, 05:44:41 PM
And no one at the Fremantle port too ensure the sheep are not being left crammed on trucks for too long or off water etc etc. Yes we ALL want this brutal trade banned but sheep destined for the filthy live trade need to have a voice when they arrive at the Fremantle port and now that the public is not allowed near the place this will never happen so the industry now has its wish and will do as it pleases. We cannot see what is going on at this port and we cannot lodge complaints. If a sheep is being abused with an electric prodder at the port or is left with a broken leg no one but those who operate at the Fremantle port will know. Everything that goes on at this port is now hidden from all of us. Chaining oneself to a gate or a truck will never stop the trade but it sure will stop one thing and that is allowing people who want to be a voice for these sheep to be able to film the goings on.
: Re: Sheep loaded onto Al Shuwaikh in Fremantle 1.4.2014 destined for Bahrain.
: born_for_freedom April 03, 2014, 11:02:08 AM
Steph, so right you are. And these same people are flogging themselves for media attention with the sharks caught off the coast. Great cause but one does have to wonder about the motivation of some involved.