Livestock carriers get a bad rap due to valid safety and animal welfare concerns. And the sustainability of shipping live animals thousands of miles is likely to come under increasing scrutiny.

But it doesn’t have to be this way, according to the two top-tier players in this niche sector.

Senior executives at Dutch shipowner Vroon’s Livestock Express and Australia’s Wellard believe that livestock can be transported safely and humanely by sea in a sustainable manner, but only with modern, purpose-built ships operated under a strict global regulatory framework.