2,200 sheep were packed into wooden crates and stacked into the cargo hold of an aeroplane. They were destined to face fully conscious slaughter in Singapore — but their suffering began much sooner. Temperatures became so unbearable on a flight last week, that 174 sheep were found dead upon arrival.
In their wooden crates, there was simply nowhere these animals could go — nothing they could do — to cool their bodies down. It would have been a horrible way to die.
This is the fourth major incident of animals dying on planes in only the last year. Both sheep and cattle have endured flights from hell — with ‘deficient’ or ‘inadequate’ ventilation blamed for the horrific suffering of animals who have suffocated to death, or died from heat stress. Their deaths — like so many others — are just written off as a ‘cost of doing business’ to an industry that knowingly puts animals at great risk, for the sake of profit.