Perth: Former live industry export boss to be sentenced over role in slaughter of 22,000 Australia sheep

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A FORMER live export industry boss who falsified documents that led to 22,000 Australian sheep being slaughtered in Pakistan will be sentenced in a Perth court today.

The shipment of sheep in 2012 had been rejected by Bahrain due to disease fears, but Garry Robinson’s falsified paperwork prompted Pakistani authorities to accept the animals.

When they found out about the deception, they clubbed and cut the throats of the sheep and masses of the injured and dying animals were buried alive.

Robinson, who at the time was export manager for Wellard Rural Exports, was charged with intending to dishonestly influence a Commonwealth public official in the exercise of the official’s duties.

He has worked for companies including Emanuel Exports and Livestock Shipping Services and is currently commercial livestock sales manager with Harmony Agriculture and Food Company.

His biography reads: “With the exciting opportunities for our industry evident in so many places, I am pleased to be part of a team that has both the practical and strategic skills to make things happen”.

Robinson’s sentencing comes amid an unprecedented level of calls to ban live exports and a day after NSW rural-based Liberal MP Sussan Ley introduced legislation to phase out the sheep trade to the Middle East over five years.

The furore was sparked last month when footage of 2400 sheep dying in filth and extreme heat on an Emanuel Exports journey on board the Awassi Express in August was broadcast.

– AAP