For Immediate Release:
8 August 2018
Animal Rights Group Responds to Planned Sale of MV Ocean Drover With Plan to Help Prevent Suffering in the Live-Animal Trade
Fremantle – After hearing that the disgraced live-export operator Wellard Ships is selling the MV Ocean Drover, a ship used to transport live animals, PETA has written to Scot Braithwaite, the company’s chief business development officer, with a unique suggestion for how it can reduce animal suffering: remove the vessel from the market and instead turn it into a memorial to all the animals who died on board or once they arrived at their destination. The group hopes the memorial will encourage the hundreds of thousands of Australians who want to see an end to live-animal exports to continue to push for a ban on the trade.
“More than 200 million animals have been crammed onto filthy cargo ships for gruelling tripsfrom Australia to the Middle East over the last 30 years. Many have died from dehydration, starvation, or disease, while others have been trampled to death in the crush of bodies,” says PETA Campaigns Adviser Mimi Bekhechi. “Every single one was an individual who felt fear and pain and suffered mightily. The live-export industry has proved time and again that transporting animals thousands of kilometres through all weather extremes can never be humane.”
In the live-export trade, animals are herded, prodded, and kicked onto crowded, filthy, multi-tiered vessels and forced to stand for long periods of time – sometimes even weeks – in a stomach-turning slurry of water, urine, and faeces. Cramped conditions, poor ventilation, and soaring temperatures mean that many die en route. Once surviving animals reach their destination – countries that have few, if any, animal-welfare laws and no enforcement of those that do exist – they’re commonly dragged from the ships and thrown into trucks and even car boots. Most animals’ throats are cut while they’re still conscious and able to feel pain.