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New Tough Restrictions But No Ban For Live Exports

Live sheep exports will not be banned, instead the trade will face "serious and meaningful" changes, the Turnbull government announced on Thursday morning.

It follows the shocking recent vision of sheep suffering and dying while aboard ships headed to the Middle East.

Restrictions and standards to be imposed include a reduction in the number of sheep packed onto vessels and an increase in ventilation.

Companies who profit by shirking the tougher rules will cop increased penalties.

Offences could result in company directors being jailed for up to 10 years or a $2.1 million fine. An individual could face the same prison term or a $420,000 fine.

The penalty imposed on a company will be either $4.2 million, three times the benefit gained or 10 per cent of the company's turnover – whatever is largest.


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