RSPCA Statement on Al Kuwait Live Sheep Export COVID-19 Outbreak

RSPCA Statement on Al Kuwait Live Sheep Export COVID-19 Outbreak

The RSPCA will be closely monitoring the welfare of 56,000 sheep left stranded by the live export industry after a COVID-19 virus breakout aboard the Al Kuwait that docked in Fremantle on Friday, 22 May 2020.

The RSPCA has also expressed its concern for the affected workers, many of whom work under notoriously difficult conditions on board live export ships.

These sheep should be well cared for in the Australian feedlot while alternative local markets are found through Western Australian abattoirs.

Under no circumstances should exemptions from regulations prohibiting the export of sheep between 1 June and 14 September be granted to accommodate this consignment.

This would subject the sheep to unacceptable levels of heat stress and death due to extreme heat and humidity in Middle Eastern waters at this time of year.

The RSPCA will also be wary of any efforts by exporters that place animal welfare at risk, including any rush to alternative live export markets, or seeking any extension to export animals during the prohibited June to September period.


For media inquiries, please contact RSPCA Australia.


  • Carolyn:

    27 May 2020 18:10:44

    Well done on speaking out on live export I hope you are successful in not letting the sheep leave Australia. While you fight against this and put the welfare of the sheep first I will support this organisation.
    Thank you

  • Michael Farnell:

    28 May 2020 14:33:56

    I dont understand why we are exporting live animals its cruel inhumane and disgusting it needs stopping all together, we need to export frozen meat not live animals, and the slaughter industry regulated more vigorously

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