Derekthunderd said:Has anyone ever worked on the so called "ships of shame", the ones that carry live sheep etc around the world?
I have seen media reports of the conditions on these ships and was wondering if things are really as barbaric as the media presents them.
Wow, that's a bit generalistic. Whilst I dare say there are some cowboys (excuse the pun), as in all shipping trades, Dutch owner Vroon has a very good reputation for livestock transport. I wouldn't call it greed and money either, more like simple supply and demand.Dexter said:I have watched sheep and cattle being loaded onto the rusty crap heaps which will take the poor little buggers to a death we just cannot imagine--all in the name of greed and money. The LIVE TRADE SHOULD BE BANNED NOW!
On a rather lighter note perhaps. A whale tranport calling at the Cape to refuel and take provisions en route to South Georgia shipped a load of pigs for the Island breakfast tables. An A.B. was appointed by the mate as cattleman to look after them. He was instructed by the mate to be sure he wore a hat when in the pen. On asking why ?, the mate replied "so we can identify you". The A.B. was rather plump and not exactly handsome.As a lowly 3/0 I once, unwillingly, had to look after a tiger. The nasty tempered blighter was fed better than I was!