23 August 2011

Hundreds of sheep die on broken down Kuwaiti ship stranded in Australian port

Hundreds of sheep aboard a broken 31-year-old Kuwaiti ship, Al Messilah, are believed to have died as they waited to be temporarily unloaded at Port Adelaide, Australia, and sent to feedlots. Next week, the 67,000 sheep will be transferred to Qatar.

Sheep urine leaked through the floor and damaged electric conductors in the engine room, causing the ship to break down.

The Al Messilah had been investigated previously at least three times for high sheep mortality rates and inability to process effluent (liquid waste).

Up to 100 people protested, calling for the sheep to be processed in Australia and for an end to live animal exports.

Jonathan Reynolds
Jonathan is a freelance writer and blogger residing in upstate New York.

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