The National Farmers’ Federation (NFF), WAFarmers and Sheep Producers Australia have confidence in a decision to cancel the licence of Emanuel Exporters Pty Ltd. The Regulator, the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, released the decision overnight.
“From the beginning we have called for the Regulator to be robust and transparent in enforcing the regulation governing the operation of exporters and the protection of animal welfare and health,” NFF President Fiona Simson said.
“This is what has happened overnight and it is a step forward to rebuilding the trust of farmers and all Australians and to securing the future of the trade.”
WAFarmers President Tony York said livestock exports were a crucial component of WA’s sheep industry.
“Without it, sheep numbers would decline dramatically, hurting farmers, regional communities and the workers and businesses that make up the value chain.
“Fortunately, the trade remains open and we look forward to working with other exporters to enable its resumption,” Mr York said.
The Government’s comprehensive review of Australia’s live export regulatory capability and culture, undertaken by Mr Phillip Moss is due out later this year.
“We await the release of the Moss Review, with the view of working collaboratively with all stakeholders to ensure a circumstance where the interests of animals, farmers and our regional communities are progressed,” Sheep Producers Australia, Executive Chair Chris Mirams said.