Australian livestock exporters agree to cut stocking densities

Chastened Australian livestock exporters have agreed to cut stocking densities of sheep aboard vessels during northen hemisphere summer months by 17.5% as part of a series of measures aimed at avoiding further animal cruelty scandals.

The Australian livestock export industry is also about to establish a code of conduct and form a committee with powers to examine actions of individual exporters that might bring the industry into disrepute, after a meeting in Perth yesterday.

The Australian livestock community has been forced into an urgent examination of its exporting capabilities following a documentary carried on primetime terrestrial television that showed thousands of animals dying during a series of voyages to the Middle East aboard the vessel Awassi Express.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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