On top of everything else, the sheep could potentially remain on the tarmac for hours before being loaded, according to Dinham.
“Since sharing these images, we have had many concerned [airport] employees contact us, sharing their experiences and stories,” Dinham said. “We have heard sheep and goats are left on the tarmac for hours when there are delays. They are left languishing in the sun in those crates, unable to move. They were petrified.”
It isn’t known how many sheep ended up on each Maskargo plane, but previous live export flights have carried up to 1,000 animals, according to Dinham. This may seem like a lot, but it’s little in comparison to the 70,000 animals crammed onto a live export ship.