IN THE NEWS: On SEP 5, 2018
Australia's biggest exporter of live sheep has suffered another blow with the cancellation of a second licence to export, following the disastrous Awassi Express shipment to the Middle East.
The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has cancelled the licence of EMS Rural Exports Pty Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Perth-based Emanuel Exports, which had its own export licence cancelled on August 21.
The department said it had the power to cancel an export licence "in cases where a licence holder is an associate of a person or entity which has had their livestock export licence suspended or cancelled."
"Cancellation of a licence is a serious step that is only taken in the best interests of the industry and for the protection of Australia's high standards on animal welfare," a statement said.
But the hopes of live animal export opponents that the cancellations signal the start of phasing out of live export may be dashed by the department's call for applications from other potential exporters to the Middle East.
Emanuel Exports director Nicholas Daws confirmed today that he had received notice of the second export licence cancellation. He said he would not comment further because Emanuel will appeal both decisions to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.