Live sheep export: RSPCA puts pressure on authorities to investigate another ship

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THE RSPCA is putting pressure on authorities to investigate another live sheep export ship, which was scheduled to leave Fremantle loaded with livestock yesterday.

The organisation put out a social media alert last night to say animals were being loaded onto trade ship the MV Maysora.

The statement said the RSPCA was seeking a response from the Department of Agriculture on the matter.

A Department of Agriculture statement, quoted on the Sheep Central news website, said an “independent observer” was to monitor the Maysora’s voyage “which includes reporting conditions of the ship and livestock to the department daily, including photographs.”

The article also quoted a response from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, which said the ship was cleared to load 75,000 sheep when it was inspected in Adelaide on April 4.

It said the ship was scheduled to load about 8000 cattle in Fremantle before departing for Turkey last night.

The pressure from the RSPCA comes amid the furore over conditions on another ship the Awassi Express, which was found to have exported sheep in appalling conditions after distressing video footage was released.

The footage prompted Federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud to announce a review into the standards of the northern summer live export trade.

A vet with experience in the live export trade would complete the review.

“The review is to make sure we can have confidence in those boats and the standards to which those sheep will go to the Middle East,” he said.

“The vet has indicated that he will complete the review in four to five weeks.

“It is completely off the table to stop trade over the summer period, I want to see year round sustainable trade.”