Second live sheep export licence suspended

Posted by David Reynolds | September 4th, 2018

The company at the centre of the live export scandal has suffered another major blow after being slapped with a second suspension on sending sheep to the Middle East.

Tens of thousands of animals are in limbo after the Agriculture Department denied EMS Exports, a sister company of Emanuel Exports, a permit to send 45,000 sheep to Kuwait.

It comes after Emanuel’s licence was suspended last month following revelations of horrific sheep deaths on one of its voyages, which plunged the industry into crisis.

Emanuel Exports director Nicholas Daws took over from his father Graham Daws after the first suspension was imposed on the company.

“Emanuels has been advised the export licence will remain suspended pending a full review,” Nicholas Daws said of the second licence.

EMS remains responsible for the sheep, which are in a feedlot.

Agriculture Department veterinarians have determined they are in good health and well-cared for.

EMS wanted to take about 45,000 sheep from Fremantle to Kuwait on the Al Shuwaikh, but will now face a full review following the suspension.

A separate smaller sheep shipment to the Middle East was expected to follow.

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