MV Cormo Express

The death and suffering of thousands of sheep onboard the MV Cormo Express

is a sickening example of why live export must be banned.

The Dutch vessel, MV Cormo Express, left Western Australia on the 5th August

2003 with more than 57,000 live Australian sheep onboard. Its voyage took 19

days to complete. When it arrived at the Saudi Arabian port of Jeddah on the

Red Sea, on the 24th August 2003, the shipment was rejected.

Some four weeks later, the cargo of sheep still remain onboard, with no end to

their suffering in sight. Their onboard conditions are horrific.

As the MV Cormo Express is a closed sided ship, the sheep have no ventilation.

Most experience sea sickness. The sheep have been forced to stand for almost 8 weeks

in their own excretement, now estimated to be over one foot high. They are packed so

tightly into pens they cannot lie down and many cannot reach the food troughs. Those

who do succumb to tiredness are trampled to death.

Those showing failing illness are either thrown overboard, or into onboard mincers, alive,

and their remains sprayed out to sea. The lambs of pregnant ewes born at sea are also disposed

of in this manner.

All of these factors, combined with the soaring temperatures and humidity, have exacerbated the

prolonged suffering onboard.

Animal activists from around the world now question how long the food and water onboard can last,

if it has not run out already.

Indeed, the suffering onboard the MV Cormo Express is enormous and regardless of the outcome,

there can be no happy ending to the plight of these \'sacrificial lambs\'. Civilized man can

do nothing but pray that their suffering will soon come to an end, and ensure that no other

shipments of live animals leave Australian shores.