The Midwest Times reports that a call has been made for State Agriculture Minister Jackie Jarvis to use her “ministerial authority” to drop animal cruelty charges against Emanuel Exports, in a bid to show support for the live sheep export trade.
Federal Liberal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson penned a letter on October 13, calling for Ms Jarvis to end the five-year case of alleged animal cruelty against Emanuel Exports, following the Awassi Express incident in the Persian Gulf in 2017, in which 2400 sheep died from heat stress.
And live ex has social licence? Mr Wilson seems to have forgotten there was footage from multiple voyages - all with similar issues. The court will have to decide whether Emanuel Exports is guilty or not but for a politician to request charges be dropped just to show support for a trade is outrageous. It was this affair that led to the predicament that WA farmers currently face...the end of the live sheep export trade. Congratulations Jackie Jarvis for resisting this ridiculous request and shame on Rick Wilson for asking. Would he ask that WA drink driving charges be dropped to support the WA Liquor industry?