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In Bahrain it's no longer OK to transport sheep in car trunks

November 13, 2008 | 10:30 am


With the recent passage of Proposition 2 on the state ballot, activists are claiming that California is at the forefront of the movement to require better treatment for farm animals.

Maybe so, but the Persian Gulf nation of Bahrain is also seeing changes.

Starting immediately, live sheep can no longer be transported in the trunk of a car. A pickup truck must be used, according to the Gulf Daily News.

There has been a controversy in Australia and the Middle East over sheep being stuffed in trunks on their way to slaughter or religious sacrifice. The change was announced by the Bahrain Livestock Co., which sets rules for such things.

The new rule comes as the nation heads toward the Eid Al Adka celebration in which thousands of sheep are bought by consumers.

"We want the rest of the world to know that Bahrain is genuinely committed to improving animal welfare," Peter Dundon, Middle East manager for Meat and Livestock Australia, told the Gulf News.

-- Tony Perry, Bahrain

Photo credit: Associated Press

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