Today the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources announced it has cancelled the licence of live exporter Emanuel Exports. The department said a section of the legislation governing live exports, requiring an exporter to be of integrity, was key in underpinning its decision.
This signals a seismic shift in the culture of the Department. One can only think the old guard may be somewhat out of favour, particularly as unrecognised names are now appearing on things like Export Advisory Notices. This may be to pre-empt a possible bloodbath when Philip Moss delivers his verdict on the performance of the DAFWR with respect to regulation of live export?? Seemingly Mr Moss has had so much information to process that he has put back the publication deadline by two weeks.
The live export trade has always coupled inevitable cruelty with a somewhat questionable regard for the unenforced laws. Until recently the Dept has been party to both....maybe not any longer...?