Anger over reports of imminent live sheep, cattle shipment out of Fremantle

Updated September 18, 2018 23:04:06

Photo: There are reports the MV Maysora is set to transport about 28,000 sheep and cattle to the Middle East. (ABC News: Manny Tesconi)

Anti-live export campaigners and the Federal Opposition are concerned by reports a ship docked at Fremantle will be loaded with sheep and cattle for export in the coming days.

The country’s live exports trade has been at a halt since June, after Emanuel Exports had its licence suspended over footage of thousands of animals dying at sea.

Tony Seabrook, president of the West Australian Pastoralists and Graziers’ Association, said he understood Livestock Shipping Services (LSS) were due to load about 20,000 sheep and about 8,000 cattle onto the ship.

But Mr Seabrook said despite that, he did not view it as a resumption of the trade — instead the move was prompted by the need to export the cattle, which had been stuck in a feedlot for a long time.