Another company closely affiliated with disgraced live exporters Emanuel Exports and EMS Rural Exports has had an export licence approved.
The Department of Agriculture has today granted an export licence to the Kuwait Livestock and Trading (KLTT) company’s Australia subsidiary, Rural Export Trading WA (RETWA).
Here’s what you need to know:
- KLTT has a horrific track record of animal cruelty and disaster in live exports, and has been implicated in multiple ESCAS breaches and animal cruelty investigations in Kuwait in recent years.
- RETWA had its export licence cancelled in 2004 by then Nationals Agriculture Minister Warren Truss following 25 high mortality voyages within a two-year period between 2000-2002.
- When this happened, Emanuel Exports filled the gap providing export services for KLTT.
- Now that Emanuel Exports has had its licence cancelled, RETWA is stepping back in.
- It’s another example of the live export shell game, and KLTT is playing the Department of Agriculture for fools.
- RETWA and disgraced Emanuel Exports are closely affiliated trading partners – they’ve shared the same Directors and the same live export ships.
- Graham Daws founded RETWA in 1973, the same year he became director of Emanuel Exports before stepping down earlier this year following the Awassi Express scandal.
- KLTT leased the Awassi Express, and was the consignee/importer for all five horrific voyages exposed on 60 Minutes this year.
How can the Department think it could possibly meet its regulatory obligations in granting this licence?
How can the live sheep export industry and their supporters think this is a good move?
The answer is simple.
This is what business-as-usual for live sheep exporters looks like.
Protecting their mates and doing their best to doing their best to get around government regulations.
This is the best they’ve got.
This is as good as it gets.
If you agree it’s not good enough (and we know you do), write to your MP now.
Tell them this is further proof of the incompetence of the live export regulator.
Tell them it’s clearer than ever before, that the live sheep export industry has no capacity or willingness to change.
Tell them you want political leaders to step up, and start implementing the phase-out now.
An industry that has such reckless disregard for community expectations and Australian regulations has no chance of long-term survival.
Like you, we’re sick to death of this trade, and it’s only a matter of time before it will be brought to an end.
Thanks as always for your support.
Dr Jed Goodfellow
Senior Policy Officer