The largest living sheep exporter of Australia and the company at the heart of the live export scandal, Emanuel Exports, has lost its license, the Ministry of Agriculture and Water has confirmed.
Until now, the company's license to export was suspended "pending a full assessment of the company's response to a show report".
The department began the investigation after video images had been produced with nearly 2,500 sheep that were dead or died from thirst and heat exhaustion in feces with excrement aboard the cattle ship Awassi Express in the Middle East last year.
"[The department] has taken action against this company in the interests of the industry and for the protection of Australia's high standards of animal welfare and health, "it said in a statement issued overnight.
"Cancellation of a license is a serious step and is not taken lightly." The department is satisfied that this is the most appropriate answer. "
The department said the company had not met the clear requirements of the legislation governing the export of cattle.
"The department … has taken action against this company in the interests of the industry and for the protection of Australia's high standards for animal welfare," said the department.
At the end of May, the department sent a show-cause message to Emanuel Exports, and it is clear that the company responded with a statement of 30 pages & # 39; s.