Australian Lawmaker Pushes to End Live Sheep Exports

By Colin Packham SYDNEY, May 21 (Reuters) - An Australian backbencher on Monday introduced legislation to parliament to ban the export of live sheep after the death of 2,400 animals on a ship bound for the Middle East, an incident that led to widespread criticism of the A$250 million ($190 million) industry. The bill threatens to expose fractures within the ruling coalition … [Read more...]

Livestock Carrier Escapes Brazil’s Live Animal Export Ban

by José Roberto Gomes (Reuters) - A Brazilian federal court late on Sunday lifted an injunction blocking the shipment of around 25,000 cattle from the port of Santos, allowing for the individual cargo to leave port but leaving in place a broader ban on shipments of live animals. The initial injunction had been granted on behalf of an animal rights group known as Fórum … [Read more...]

WATCH: Cow Marked for Export Jumps Ship, Swims to Shore in Fremantle

A determined cow with an amazing will to live escaped a livestock ship and swam to freedom on Sunday in Fremantle, Western Australia. The cow was apparently being loaded onto a livestock carrier for export when it escaped. Fremantle Sea Rescue crews caught up to it swimming near a pier in Fremantle's Inner Harbour and guided it to shore. "Earlier today, rescue vessel … [Read more...]

Stranded Livestock Carrier MV Ocean Outback Departs Western Australia After Animal Deaths

The livestock carrier MV Ocean Outback finally departed Western Australia this weekend after a propulsion problem left the ship stranded offshore Freemantle for nearly two weeks with thousands of live animals aboard. Australia's biggest livestock exporter Wellard Group has confirmed that the vessel was re-routed and cleared to sail to South East Asia to deliver … [Read more...]