While 7,400 sheep were allowed to disembark to a nearby feedlot, Otway Livestock Exports decided to go through with a contingency plan to ship some of the remaining animals to South Asia to be killed. It is not yet clear whether the sheep will be bound yet again for another perilous voyage, or whether they will be slaughtered in their home country.
"The cattle will have been onboard the Ocean Outback for two weeks by the time they finally depart for South East Asia," the RSPCA said in a statement. "Under the power of a single engine, this is likely to be a long journey. This is a wholly unacceptable situation and again demonstrates the inherent and unavoidable risks of the live animal trade."