Australia investigates after 2,400 sheep die on ship to Qatar

60 Minutes Australia obtained the footage of the animals dying from whistleblower Faisal Ullah. (Photo courtesy: 60 Minutes Australia)

Australian officials say they are opening a probe after thousands of sheep died in extreme heat aboard a ship from Perth to Doha, Qatar.

Nearly 2,400 sheep died on an Emanuel Exports ship last August and footage taken from on board the carrier showed the livestock shoulder to shoulder-to-shoulder, gasping and dying in sweltering temperatures.

60 Minutes Australia obtained the footage of the animals dying from whistleblower Faisal Ullah. “They just died in front of us,” Ullah told 60 Minutes. “Just one by one. One after another. ... It is as same as putting animals into the oven. I mean, you are just putting live animals into the oven.”

Footage from the ship was shown this week to Australia’s Agriculture Minister David Littleproud.

“It’s just total BS that what I saw is taking place,” Littleproud was quoted as saying by The Sydney Morning Herald. “This cannot go on.”

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