Agriculture and Human Values

, Volume 24, Issue 2, pp 133–145

Not in my port: The “death ship” of sheep and crimes of agri-food globalization


DOI: 10.1007/s10460-006-9056-7

Cite this article as:
Wright, W. & Muzzatti, S.L. Agric Hum Values (2007) 24: 133. doi:10.1007/s10460-006-9056-7


We examine crime that emerges from the global restructuring of agriculture and food systems by employing the case of the Australian “Ship of Death,” whereby nearly 58,000 sheep were stranded at sea for almost 3 months in 2003, violating the Western Australia Animal Welfare Act of 2002. This case demonstrates that the acceleration of transnational trade networks, in the context of agri-food globalization, victimizes animals and constitutes a crime. Herein, we examine this case in depth and show how economic restructuring, driven by a “logic of capital” orientation, can exert pressure on the state causing it to fail to enforce its own regulations and in this way engage in criminal actions.


Agri-food systemsAnimal welfareAustraliaEritreaGlobalizationMV Cormo ExpressState crime

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Community, Agriculture, Recreation, and Resource StudiesMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA
  2. 2.Department of SociologyRyerson UniversityTorontoCanada