These sheep were slowly being “cooked alive” aboard a transport ship.
Several thousand sheep died on export voyage from Australia to the Middle East last year, according to “60 Minutes” Australia.
During one trip last August, 2,400 sheep died from the heat over the course of a 5-day heatwave. Temperatures reached an estimated 104 degrees Fahrenheit. An officer on board the ship secretly kept video diaries documenting what he saw in distressing detail. Sheep were tightly packed and unable to lie down for weeks. Many stood in their own feces, gasping for air in stifling heat.
The whistleblower claims newly-born lambs were crushed and had their throats cut by the crew as regulations forbid pregnant sheep from coming aboard. Many of the sheep that died were thrown overboard.
Hours after the report was broadcast, the ship was blocked from departing Australia to embark on another voyage carrying 65,000 sheep and 250 cattle. Australian authorities said the ship can’t leave until proper airflow systems are installed. It’s unclear if anyone will be penalized but Australia’s agriculture minister said he was “shocked and deeply disturbed” by the footage and that he would take “strong action” against the exporters and crew members responsible.