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Australia 'shocked' by sheep deaths on ship

Australia 'shocked' by sheep deaths on ship
From BBC - April 5, 2018

The Australian government says it will investigate how thousands of sheep died on a live export ship last year.

About 2,400 animals succumbed to heat stress while travelling from Perth to three nations in the Middle East in August, according to the government.

Agriculture Minister David Littleproud said he was "shocked and deeply disturbed" by footage that had been given to him by an animal rights group.

The live export trade has previously sparked heated debate in Australia.

The deaths comprised 3.76% of the 63,800 sheep on board the ship, almost twice the level that requires formal investigation, the government said.

Mr Littleproud called for the trade to be conducted "properly and sustainably".

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