A second exporter has had it livestock export licence cancelled following animal welfare concerns.
The Department of Agriculture has cancelled the livestock export licence of EMS Rural Exports Pty Ltd after a show cause process.
EMS Rural Exports Pty Ltd is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Emanuel Exports Pty Ltd and is an associate of Emanuel for the purposes of the Act.
Emanuel Exports Pty Ltd had its export licence cancelled by the department on August 21.
Under the Australian Meat and Livestock Industry Act 1997, the Secretary of the department has 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.
Agriculture Minister David Littleproud said 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.
“As the department noted when the Emanuel licence was cancelled, it is the responsibility of each exporter to ensure it meets the clear requirements under the legislation that governs the export of livestock,” Mr Littleproud said.
Accurate information must be provided
“This includes providing complete and accurate information to the regulator as to how regulatory standards and licence conditions will be met and have been met.”
The department has not provided further comment on either licence cancellation at this stage.
It is now considering applications from other potential exporters to the Middle East against the strict requirements of the legislation.
It is also considering further changes to conditions that will apply to the export of sheep to the Middle East at the end of the northern hemisphere summer.
“These changes will carefully consider recommendations made by Dr Michael McCarthy in his review of the conditions for the export of sheep to the Middle East during the northern summer,” Mr Littleproud said.
The review was conducted after more than 2,500 sheep died from heat stress while being shipped to the middle east.