This kind of recklessness is simply not good enough. The number of sheep deaths on this voyage is comparable to the 5000 deaths which occurred on board the Cormo Express 10 years ago. LSS is the same exporter which is already under investigation for animal cruelty in Jordan and Gaza.
Heat stress is a terrible way to die. Animals suffer convulsions and severe distress. If the heat stress was sufficient to kill 4000 sheep it will also have caused pain and suffering for the other animals.
The claim that stopping live export will damage Australian meat producers is not correct. 2013 broke records for exports of sheep meat and boxed beef. When we stopped sending Bahrain live sheep they replaced this with Australian sheep meat. Saudi Arabia has moved from taking live animals to Australian meat.
If Australia’s claims to be concerned about animal welfare are to mean something, there have to be consequences for this debacle. LSS should have their export licence taken off them indefinitely.