Australia: The gruesome history of the Bader III live export ship. With thanks to RSPCA (Australia).

I just came across this article today when looking around. With the recent issues we have covered re the 70,000 Romanian sheep to Iran, and the very recent troubles with the livestock ship carrying cattle from Brazil to Turkey not being allowed to dock in Spain, it seemed appropriate to get more facts. Here they are;

Regards Mark.

The gruesome history of the Bader III live export ship – which docks at Port Adelaide this week

April 19, 2018

As Australians reel at sickening images taken by a whistleblower onboard several routine live export shipments, another vessel is due to dock in Port Adelaide this week to begin loading more sheep for the Middle East market.

Like most live export carriers, the Bader III has an appalling record of extreme animal suffering and mass deaths. The phase-out of this cruel trade must start now.

Sobering reading: official reports of mass sheep deaths

When large numbers of Australian animals die on live export ships, Australia’s Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) is required to investigate and produce a report. These reports make for sobering reading.

Ships belonging to one of the largest live export companies operating from Australia, the Perth-based Livestock Shipping Services, frequently feature in AQIS reports. The Livestock Shipping Services ship Bader III, due to dock in Port Adelaide on Thursday April 19, is no exception.

The Bader III is one of just three live export vessels that are two-tiered. This means animals are packed into two levels of pens on each deck, making welfare checks during the long sea crossings difficult if not impossible. This design also restricts the crucial ventilation needed to prevent heat stress.

AQIS’ Mortality Report Number 46 tells us that on August 17, 2013, nearly 45,000 sheep walked up the ramps on to the Bader III at Port Adelaide, along with an unknown number of camels.

The ship travelled on to Fremantle, where a further 30,795 sheep and some cattle were packed into pens onboard. The stocking density was in accordance with the Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock.

Bader III ship holds awful record for highest sheep deaths

The hottest time in the Middle East are the middle months of the year. Data shows that sheep deaths spike on board live export carriers entering the region at this time. The mercury climbed as the Bader III crossed the equator bound for its first Middle Eastern destination, Qatar.

Something went terribly wrong on Day 21 of this shipment, when the Bader III finally arrived in Qatar’s port city of Doha. The temperature in Doha on this day – 7 September 2013 – hovered around 38C. As the crew began offloading sheep, a staggering 4050 died – one of the largest numbers of exported Australian sheep to die onboard a ship in a single day.

Almost 80% of the sheep that died were from the Adelaide consignment. Unsurprisingly, the live export vet reported that most died from heat stress.

Thousands of sheep deaths legally sanctioned every live export journey

Under Australian regulations, live exporters must report to the Federal Agriculture Department if the mortality rate of sheep onboard ships exceeds 2%. The official end of journey death toll of 4,179 sheep on this 2013 shipment of 75,508 sheep represents a mortality rate of 5.53%. For the sheep loaded in Port Adelaide, the mortality rate was 7.28%.

Under our Federal Government’s 2% rule, more than 1,500 sheep had to die onboard this particular shipment before Livestock Shipping Services were required to make a report that would trigger an investigation by the regulator, Australia’s Federal Department of Agriculture.

That is a lot of dead sheep.

If less than 2% of sheep had died – say, 1400 on this 2013 shipment – that would have been considered an ordinary part of the live export business.

Even sheep that don’t die suffer terribly on live export ships

However, the number of dead animals on its own is not a good indicator of animal welfare. The ones that don’t die equally suffer.

The latest images aired on 60 Minutes give a shocking insight of what mass death and extreme animal suffering on board a routine live export shipment during the Middle East’s summer looks like.

Sheep unable to reach food and water. Sheep unable to lie down for the entire three to four week journey. Sheep panting and frothing at the mouth from heat stress and collapsing on decks belly-deep in excrement.

Yet still our Federal Government keeps issuing export permits to companies that routinely breach regulations, and the animals keep being loaded in full knowledge of the suffering that inevitably awaits them.

Help end the cruel and unnecessary live export trade

The Bader III’s latest victims of this trade are also headed to the Middle East. Livestock Shipping Services knows and presumably accepts that a percentage of its cargo will not survive.

Questions are now being raised about the role of insurance in the live export trade. Just how much live exporters like Livestock Shipping Services receive per dead sheep from their insurers is unknown.

But if mortality rates are any indication, there appears to be little commercial incentive to achieve what is surely the main aim of this trade, to deliver sheep that – by journey’s end – are still alive.

RSPCA South Australia believes it’s high time our state’s reputation-damaging involvement in this inhumane and unnecessary trade ends. Please join us in demanding a phase-out of long-haul sheep shipments from SA. Add your voice here.

 

 

 

 

 

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Denmark – WHALE KILLERS -Mass Slaughter and the EU Does Nothing As In All Animal Abuse Issues.

Read the full post and see the video and photos at:

Denmark: The Mass Slaughter of Whales Goes on Today (2019). We Campaigned to Stop It In 1991. The EU Does Its Best As With All Animal Abuse Issues – It Simply Ignores the Evidence and Fails to Act.

 This poor creature is still inside its birth sack as it lies on the pavement

THE bodies of dead whale calves and their murdered mothers lined the beaches of the Faroe Islands following a torturous five-hour hunt.

The killing spree took the lives of 94 innocent creatures, with distressing images of the babies being shared by a charity to raise awareness.

 

Click on this link to watch the disturbing video:

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/9825199/dead-whale-calves-slaughtered-faroe-islands/

This is the eleventh hunt this year – with over 600 pilot whales slaughtered in so far in 2019.

Sea Shepherd, a non-profit sea conservation charity, were there to document the slaughter in the islands in between Iceland and Norway.

The hunt, also known as ‘the grind’ lasted for more than 5 hours with the Faroese boats harassing and chasing the pod of whales.

The killing of the creatures, who are not yet identified as endangered due to the lack of documentation, took 12 minutes.

 The brutal tradition attracts spectators who stand at the edge of the crimson water and watch the mass slaughter

 

OVER 600 KILLED THIS YEAR

Other pictures captured by the charity show the dumping of the remains of the whales back into the sea with some people questioning why it happens in the first place.

One Instagrammer said: “Such a waste, they literally died for nothing.”

The whales are allegedly slaughtered for their meat and blubber and often tourists will watch as the sea turns red with blood.

This centuries-old tradition helps feed the population of the remote Atlantic island over winter with the Faroese locals claiming it is sustainable and regulated by law.

But campaign groups say it is inhumane and want the hunts banned.

THE grind, or grindadrap, is a yearly whale hunt that takes place on the Faroe Islands.

During a grind, a flotilla of small boats drives whales or dolphins into a shallow bay where they can be easily killed with knives.

 A whale calf, not yet fully formed, lies beside its mum's organs

Grinds are the longest continuously practiced and relatively unchanged whaling tradition in the world, says Russell Fielding, a geographer from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee.

He has studied the Faroe Island grinds since 2005.

“They do feel a real cultural attachment to [the grinds],” notes Fielding. “However, the Faroese are quick to point out that it is for food primarily.”

The meat can be boiled, broiled as a steak, or air-dried, says Bjarki Dalsgarŏ, a 28-year-old Faroese who has participated in grinds.

“Air-dried whale meat is quite common and is considered a bit of a delicacy,” he notes.

It is usually eaten raw in thin slices. In his family, the blubber is eaten as a side, along with potatoes.

Speaking earlier this year, a spokesperson for the campaign group said:  “Over the course of the lengthy drive more and more members of the public and tourists could be seen stopping along the coastline to watch the family of pilot whales struggle and resist.

“As is often the case, the grind was swiftly becoming a social event with parents laughing and chatting as children played on the killing beach.

“The level of excitement was clearly growing as anticipation of the brutality came closer, epitomising the social aspect of the grind was the sight of a youth group – possibly a guides or scout group – sat eagerly watching and waiting.”

“Grind participants ran cheering into the pod to start attaching ropes and pulling individuals out to begin slaughtering.

They added:  “Though, as usual, the ‘humane’ process of killing the pilot whales was far from it, with multiple unsuccessful attempts to paralyse the with the lance were observed on a number of the pod.

“Having previously observed other pilot whale drives our crew noted that this pod had clearly been worn out or resigned to their fate as little to no cries were heard from the pod.

“As the family were laid out on the docks the all too familiar and disturbing images of children jumping on and playing with the dead could be seen.

In September 2018, the charity offered the Faroe Islands 1 million Euros for 10 consecutive years with no whale hunts but were rejected.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/9825199/dead-whale-calves-slaughtered-faroe-islands/

 

 The whales' meat and blubber is harvested