Businesses involved in exporting live sheep by sea to the Middle East will be subject to new requirements between 1 May and 31 October each year.
The changes arise to mangage sheep exposure to heat stress during the Northern Hemisphere summer and as part of the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment’s (Department) broader management of live animal export welfare two years after 60 Minutes aired footage of sheep exposed to dire export conditions on ships.
Under the new measures, holders of sheep export licences will see the following prohibitions and conditions relating to the export of sheep from Australia by sea:
Licence holders can apply for exemptions to the above conditions and prohibitions, although the Secretary of the Department has broad discretion as to whether to grant it and the conditions of any exemption granted.
The Department has foreshadowed that arrangements for September and October will be determined at a later date, after the independent panel of animal welfare, heat stress, and animal science has issued its final report in the Heat Stress Risk Assessmnet Review.
Authors: Nathan Cecil & Rebecca Niumeitolu
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Published by Nathan Cecil, Rebecca Niumeitolu