Live exporter charged with animal cruelty over deadly Awassi shipment

Emanuel Exports and two former directors charged after more than 2,400 sheep died of heat stress on voyage to Middle East, leading to federal crackdown

Live export company Emanuel Exports has been charged with breaching animal welfare laws in a deadly shipment that was filmed by whistleblowers and led to a federal crackdown on the export of live sheep to the Middle East.

More than 2,400 sheep died of heat stress on the Awassi Express voyage in August 2017, as temperatures on board soared to the mid-30s.

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