PRESS RELEASE: Injunction to be sought to stop live export shipment

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PRESS RELEASE: By ANIMALS AUSTRALIA On JUL 11, 2018

INJUNCTION TO BE SOUGHT TO STOP LIVE EXPORT SHIPMENT

Animals Australia will seek an urgent injunction from the Federal Court of Australia if the Federal Department of Agriculture grants an export permit for the shipping of 45,000 sheep into the deadly heat and humidity of the Middle East summer.

Animals Australia is watching the port to see if the animals will be loaded onto the Al Shuwaikh in Fremantle by EMS Rural Exports, the affiliate of suspended exporter, Emanuel Exports. If the sheep are loaded and a permit is granted, an injunction will be sought on the grounds that a decision to grant an export permit for this shipment would be unlawful.

“Seeking an injunction is a huge step for Animals Australia. But we simply cannot stand by when laws that should prevent these animals from being placed at such dire risk are not being upheld,” said Lyn White from Animals Australia.

In past weeks, Animals Australia’s lawyers have provided the Department with an extensive brief of evidence as to why the granting of this export permit would be unlawful under the Export Control (Animals) Order 2004 (Cth). Animals Australia has since formally foreshadowed the intention to seek a Federal Court injunction if a permit is granted.

“There will be public outrage if Emanuel Exports, albeit under a different name, is allowed to proceed with this shipment. The strategic removal of Graham Daws as a Director doesn’t change the powers of the Department to suspend the licence of EMS under the associates provisions.”

“It was this time last year that sheep on their ships were filmed gasping for air and succumbing and dying of heat stroke. There is a collective sense of disbelief and dismay around the country today that tens of thousands of sheep could potentially be shipped again into these circumstances by the same operators.”

“It would be the height of inhumanity to knowingly inflict such suffering on animals once again. The appropriate protections are already there in the regulations, and if the Department of Agriculture is not acting in accordance with the law then we will be asking the Federal Court to order it to do so.”

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MEDIA CONTACT: Lisa Chalk | lisa@animalsaustralia.org | 0488 006 478 or 0447 011 409

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