Sheep – these two in Lancashire, England
Today thousands of Australia’s sheep await their government’s decision on how, when or if they will be shipped across the ocean to the heat-blazed summer of the Middle East.
A programme on the radio got me thinking. It was the gap in it that caught my mind.
Ten days ago a panel of experts in The Briefing Room on Radio Four put forward important reasons for the shortage of recruits for the British Army.
Not one of the experts represented, or mentioned, Army families.
A ewe and her lamb in the north of Spain
My thanks to Lyn Douglas in Australia for telling me about the new regulations announced today around the live export of sheep.
The key points are listed below.
- There will be no ban on the live sheep trade from Australia in the Middle Eastern summer.
- The number of sheep transported per vessel in the summer months will be reduced by 28 per cent.
- Independent observers will travel on all ships carrying cattle or sheep.
- Any company that breaks the rules could face a fine of A$2.1 million.
- The directors of any such company could face a jail term of up to ten years.
RSPCA Australia remains concerned.
Here is the link to the UK Reuters report.
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