Live sheep export – Timeline of events
Sunday, April 8, 2018- The shocking footage of sheep suffering aboard a long-haul journey for live export was aired 60 minutes after a courageous whistleblower captured it.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018– While the Department of Agriculture failed in its response to the video footage of cruelty on the Awassi Express, another vessel, the MV Al Messilah, arrived at Fremantle to begin its next voyage. The MV Maysora had set sail the previous week.
An Australian government has released more horrific footage of animal abuse-approved abattoirs located in Qatar.
Sunday, April 22, 2018, Conditions aboard the MV Maysora were reported by WA officials who boarded with a warrant to board the ship after the live export company refused entry. The WA government officials boarded the boat with a contract after being denied access by the live export company. They found sheep overcrowded without clear access to food and water. There were also contaminated water troughs and dead sheep visible.
Monday, May 7, 2018 – The Australian Veterinary Association released a scientific review of live sheep exports. It concludes that the risk of animal suffering and death during the hottest months of the Middle East should be avoided.
RSPCA Australia and Animal Australia have pledged $500,000.
Friday, May 3, 2018 – If the Australian Labor Party wins the 2019 Federal Election, they will end live sheep export.
Thursday, May 10, 2018- Senators Lee Rhiannon & Derryn Hinch introduce a bill to the Senate for the phase-out of live sheep exports in the next five years.
Monday, May 14, 2018: As the Al Shuwaikh loads 80,000 sheep at Fremantle, the RSPCA intensifies its calls for independent inspectors on live export vessels.
Thursday, May 17, 2018– The Australian Government’s Review into Live Sheep Exports (the McCarthy Review) is released. It recommends changes to the Industry’s Heat Stress Risk Assessment, which will result in massive reductions in stocking density over the Middle Eastern summer months from May to October.
Thursday, June 14, 2018 – Animals Australia challenges the legality of the Department of Agriculture’s decision to continue granting export permits in spite of incontrovertible proof of animal suffering.
Friday, June 22, 2018 – The Department of Agriculture has suspended Emanuel Exports’ export license. This company was responsible for Awassi Express.
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 – The Senate passed a motion urging the government to pass legislation for an orderly phase-out of the live export trade.
Tuesday, July 10, 2018, EMS Rural Exports, a closely associated company with disgraced Emanuel Exports, applied to export 60,000 lambs.
Thursday, July 12, 2018. The Department of Agriculture has suspended EMS Rural Exports’ license.
Wednesday, August 22, 2018– After its suspension, the Department of Agriculture canceled Emanuel Exports’ export license.was September 18, 2018– Despite concerns over the conditions of the ship and the risk of heat stress during the Middle Eastern summer, the MV Maysora was allowed to sail.
Friday, October 12, 2018– The Department of Agriculture releases an announcement to relax the stocking density restrictions that were put in place in August once again, ignoring science and caving into industry demands.
Thursday, October 18, 2018: Another live export company closely affiliated with Emanuel Exports receives an export license despite the horrendous animal welfare record of its parent company.
Wednesday, October 31, 2018– The Government’s review of the culture and capabilities of the Department of Agriculture has been released. The Moss Review highlights conflicting responsibilities and systemic neglect of animal welfare. It also recommends the creation of an independent inspector-general of live animal exports.
Thursday, November 29, 2018– The first ‘Independent” observer report on a live export vessel was released. It states that heat stress was “unavoidable” despite the fact that the ship complied with the Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock.
Tuesday, December 4, 2018– The Australian Live Exporters Council announces that the industry will self-impose a moratorium on live sheep exports into the Middle East between June and August 2019. This is a desperate effort to salvage the industry’s shattered license as well as preempt the Government’s Heat Stress Risk Assessment Review.