Dr. Lynn Simpson served as the onboard veterinarian for 57 live export voyages. She saw mother cows and sheep miscarry onboard because of stress. It is customary for newborns born aboard live export ships to be euthanized. When pregnant animals gave birth to babies who were still alive, it was Dr. Simpson who had to kill them. Even the ship's crew would ask her to spare the baby lambs born on the ship.
"The crew were all so sad, many missing their children terribly ... [They] would challenge me as to why we had to [kill newborns]," Dr. Simpson said. "Grown men cried. Some tried to hide lambs. It was heartbreaking."