EMANUEL Exports is reportedly working to resume sheep exports after the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources suspended its licence last month after footage from a previous voyage generated outrage when witnessed by Australian viewers.
Media reports indicate that a company wholly owned by Emanuel Exports has applied to DAWR for a permit to ship sheep to the Middle East, a particular concern, as it is now the height of summer in the Northern Hemisphere.
The Department issued a statement saying it had been notified of “an exporter’s intention to export live sheep to the Middle East”.
DAWR said all applications are considered in accordance with the relevant legislation, and it would assess any application it receives on its merits.
“Any export would have to be consistent with the additional conditions imposed on export licences following the McCarthy Review, including reduced stocking density, an independent audit of Pen Air Turnover and a reduced notifiable mortality level,” the statement read, referring to a review into the live sheep export trade, published in May.
“There would also be an independent observer on board who monitors the performance of the accredited veterinarian and exporter in managing the welfare of the animals and provides daily reports.”
The live-export ship Al Shuwaikh is currently berthed at Fremantle.