Change the TT Line protocol

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The TT line has had an unacceptable amount of animal deaths during their crossings from Tasmania to mainland Australia.

The TT lines policy. "For safety reasons, passengers are not permitted to access the vehicle decks to visit pets while the ship is at sea. Regular checks are performed and fresh water is supplied during the sailing."

This has been shown to be ineffective as animals have died.

In the most recent case a bull mastiff dog was seen to be in distress at 20:30, yet the staff did not inform the owner. At 23:00 the dog had died. At 6:00 THE NEXT day the owner was informed.

Thirteen ponies of Willo pony club died, allegedly during the crossing.

In 2011, two rottweilers died of alleged carbon-dioxide asphyxiation.

Staff should not only check on animals at regular intervals, but especially IF an animal is found to be distressed the owner should be able to go to their animal to render what help and first aid they can.

I call upon Jeremy Rockliff, the minister of infrastructure and ultimately responsible for the operations of the TT Line to change the TT lines policies regarding owners being able to attend to their pets on the TT line.

I call upon Jeremy Rockliff, the minister of infrastructure and ultimately responsible for the operations of the TT Line to change the TT lines policies regarding the checking of animals welfare on the TT line, inasmuch as the staff do regular hourly checks of the animals; and if the animal is showing signs of distress to IMMEDIATELY report to the owner. Whereby the owner is then allowed onto the deck to check their animals.