Further to our post yesterday – https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2018/07/11/australia-sheep-reprieved-from-live-export-now-being-readied-for-live-export/
We now have a further excellent update from Animals Australia.
I’m so pleased to be able to share some wonderful news with you this morning! As of midnight last night, the Department of Agriculture suspended the export licence of EMS Rural Exports — stopping their shipment of 45,000 sheep to the Middle East.
This is a dramatic regulatory intervention like no other — created by the threat of our injunction, and the outpouring of concern that politicians around the country received over the past 48 hours. So close were the 45,000 sheep to being exported to the Middle East that at 8am yesterday the loading ramps were put in place at Fremantle Port.
As each hour passed with no sheep trucks arriving, our hopes grew that the Department was reconsidering. Then, at midnight, they issued a media release that they were suspending the EMS export licence — preventing this shipment from leaving.
It is difficult for me to find words to adequately express my gratitude to our magnificent legal team — Dan Star QC, barristers Nick Wood and Jim Hartley, and the wonderful team of solicitors at K & L Gates led by Travis Payne. Working side by side with them has been Animals Australia’s own in-house Legal Counsel, Shatha Hamade, who has barely left her office in recent days. Our legal team’s efforts to prevent this shipment from leaving have been simply extraordinary. And finally, I want to thank you. Without you, this outcome would not have been possible.
All of our minute by minute efforts to protect animals from cruelty are fuelled by your belief in us, and your support. Today is a good day. I can’t tell you that there won’t be further battles ahead… inevitably there will be. But, as ever, because of you, we will be there for the animals.
My warmest wishes and heartfelt gratitude, Lyn
||Lyn White AM Animals Australia