September 26, 2003
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported today that the Australian Federal Government has found a port willing to take the more than 50,000 stranded sheep on board the livestock vessel, the Cormo Express.
According to Julie Doyle, government sources have confirmed that the ship is on its way to be unloaded at an Iraqi port. A deal has been negotiated where Australian livestock exporters will buy back the sheep at a cost of up to $10 million and then give them to Iraq for slaughter.
The original shipment of almost 58,000 sheep left Fremantle around eight weeks ago and has been stranded at sea in the Middle East since it was rejected by Saudi Arabia on August 21 because of disease concerns.