“There is a standard allowable death rate for each voyage,” Dinham said. “Forty-nine cattle died on a flight from Melbourne to Kazakhstan in 2013, 18 cattle died on a flight from Melbourne last year, and a couple of years earlier 174 out of 2,000 sheep died from heat stress on the way to Singapore from Perth. It’s not only about death, though — can you imagine the fear of an animal taking off in an airplane and being flown across the ocean?”
The sheep in the photos were also packed into the crates tightly — too tightly for comfort, in Dinham’s opinion. “It is hard to tell, but from the photos we provided there are two levels in each crate, and at least eight to 10 sheep per level, maybe more,” she said.
Most of the sheep hadn’t been shorn, which would have made things worse, Dinham explained. Not only would this make them overheat inside of the crates, but they were probably headed to a country with a hot climate, whether it be in Asia or the Middle East.