RSPCA WA inspects livestock on live export ship
RSPCA WA boarded the live export ship MV Ocean Outback in Fremantle on Saturday night to check on the welfare of the sheep and cattle on board.
"RSPCA has received a considerable amount of calls, messages and emails since the vessel experienced engine problems on the 29th of December from people who were concerned about the welfare of the sheep and cattle on board the ship," RSPCA WA Chief Inspector Amanda Swift said.
"After several days of discussions with the owner of the vessel and the exporter, it was agreed for RSPCA to board the ship to assess the condition of the animals.
"The RSPCA's Inspectorate staff are highly trained and experienced at assessing the welfare of livestock animals, so it was appropriate that the RSPCA should be able to board the ship and give an independent assessment of the situation," Ms Swift said.
An extensive inspection of the animals was conducted across all levels of the vessel. No breaches of the Animal Welfare Act 2002 were found.
On Saturday night, the sheep were unloaded from the vessel and were transported to a holding facility south of Perth. The cattle remained on board and it was understood they were leaving port early Sunday morning to be transported to South East Asia, possibly Vietnam.
The RSPCA will continue to liaise with authorities about the welfare of the animals.