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There’s no stocking density limit that can protect sheep in those kinds of conditions. A single sheep standing on a deck will suffer and can die under those heat and humidity levels.

MAREX: ‘The Australian Government won’t stop the live export of sheep to the Middle East during the northern hemisphere summer… A statement from the Department of Agriculture, headed by Minister David Littleproud, says: “Footage released in April 2018, showing conditions for animals on a ship carrying live sheep to the Middle East on five consecutive voyages between May and November 2017 was deplorable and exposed unacceptable animal welfare outcomes. The Australian Government condemns cruelty to animals and has taken this new information very seriously”… Not seriously enough for the RSPCA… the government’s acceptance of the [McCarty Report] results is in direct conflict with the advice of the Australian Veterinary Association, says RSPCA Chief Scientist and Strategy Officer, Dr. Bidda Jones.

“These recommendations completely ignore the science and are not enough to reduce the risk of either consistent harm to animals or the catastrophic conditions we’ve seen previously,” she said. “It’s frankly extraordinary that this review will allow May to October voyages to continue, taking winter-acclimatized animals into temperatures of more than 40 degrees and humidity of up to 80 percent. There’s no stocking density limit that can protect sheep in those kinds of conditions. A single sheep standing on a deck will suffer and can die under those heat and humidity levels. The recommendations also only require sheep be given between 11 and 39 percent more space, and that’s only during the hottest and highest-risk time of the year”.’ SOURCE…

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