After Pink accused the Australian wool industry of mistreating sheep (and eventually retracted those accusations), here comes another attack from another musician. Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders has criticized the transportation of thousands of live sheep from Australia to the Middle East. The sheep are said to be shipped in poor conditions with very little food and water.
Australia is quick to respond to the accusations this time around. Livestock export organisation LiveCorp says that animals are “transported in conditions agreed by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.” And even Jeremy Bruer, the Australian ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, has spoken out against these claims and defended the livestock shipping industry.
He said Australia has signed six memorandums of understanding with governments in the region regulating live-export animal welfare standards.
“We’re working with our trade partners to address some past animal welfare concerns and these have led to improvements in transport, handling and slaughter,” he said.
But even those statements have been challenged by veterinarians and supporters of the live exports ban.
Sounds like another messy issue is brewing. Let’s hope Chrissie did her research before speaking out.