PRESS RELEASE: Suspended exporter attempts to ship sheep to Middle East

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PRESS RELEASE: By ANIMALS AUSTRALIA On JUL 10, 2018

SUSPENDED EXPORTER ATTEMPTS TO SHIP SHEEP TO MIDDLE EAST

Animals Australia said reports today that the Department of Agriculture may allow an exporter at the centre of an animal cruelty investigation to ship 60,000 sheep to the Middle East are deeply concerning.

It has been reported that Emanuel Exports will likely apply to use the licence of its sister company, EMS Rural Exports, to export the animals after its licence was suspended two weeks ago. Director, Nicholas Daws, is also the Director of Emanuel Exports and EMS was involved in two of the five Awassi Express shipments which are now the subject of Federal and State government investigations.

If it is allowed to set sail, these animals would be shipped into the height of the dangerous Middle East summer period. Extreme suffering and death from heat stroke will be inevitable.

“This exporter has been publicly shamed. They have brought their industry into disrepute, yet rather than reflect on this, they are intent on inflicting further suffering,” said Animals Australia’s Lyn White.

Emanuel Exports is the subject of a criminal investigation and an animal cruelty investigation for breaches of the WA Animal Welfare Act. They have also been served with Show Cause notices by the Federal Department of Agriculture for recent and historical breaches of live export regulations.

“The Department has the power to suspend the licences of all related companies. The public would quite rightfully expect nothing less in the circumstances.”

“The Turnbull government promised to clean up this industry. There will be public outrage if Emanuel Exports, albeit under a different name, is allowed to proceed with this shipment.”

“It is our view that the granting of an export permit to allow this shipment to leave would be unlawful and we will be exploring all available legal options,” said Ms White.

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