EMANUEL Exports has had its live export licence cancelled following a review by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.
Previously the business’s licence had been suspended ahead of a review.
“The Department made this decision in accordance with the requirements of the Australian Meat and Livestock Industry Act 1997, and has taken action against this company in the best interests of the industry and for the protection of Australia’s high standards of animal welfare and health,” the Department said in a statement.
“It is the responsibility of each exporter to ensure it meets the clear requirements under the legislation that governs the export of livestock.”
The Department said cancellation of a licence was a serious step and not one taken lightly.
“The Australian Government supports a sustainable livestock trade and expects exporters to meet their animal health and welfare responsibilities,” the statement read.
The suspension and subsequent ban followed the broadcasting of footage earlier in the year of sheep suffering on board the ship Awassi Express.
“The Department is implementing a series of changes to improve the sustainability of the trade with improved animal welfare outcomes,” the statement read.
“This includes those changes recommended by Dr Michael McCarthy in his review of the conditions for the export of sheep to the Middle East during the northern hemisphere summer.”
The ABC quoted a spokesman for Emanuel Exports as saying they were evaluating their options.