The RSPCA is calling for the licence of a Perth-based livestock exporter to be stripped after reports emerged of another animal welfare breach. It has been reported that sheep at an abattoir in Jordan, supplied by Perth-based Livestock Shipping Services, were mistreated. The report triggered an investigation by the Federal regulator and has led to the sale and slaughter of livestock to that facility being suspended. LSS confirmed the complaint of non-compliance with Australia’s Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS) requirements, which it said occurred on July 20. RSPCA Australia senior policy officer Jed Goodfellow said the reports were deeply concerning and LSS had breached live export regulations 44 times over the past eight years. Dr Goodfellow said the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment had a light touch regulatory approach and there was no deterrence built into ensuring compliance. Lyn White, director of strategy at Activist group Animals Australia, said no other industry regulator in Australia would allow a company that had committed 44 breaches of regulations to operate. “The fact that such brutal routine treatment of Australian sheep was occurring in one of LSS’s own approved and audited abattoirs is damning,” she said. “The department’s unwillingness to inflict any meaningful sanctions is why repeat offenders such as LSS continue to operate with impunity.” Introduced in 2011, ESCAS is a set of regulatory conditions placed on exporters to ensure supply chain partners provide humane treatment and handling of livestock from arrival in the importing country through to the point of slaughter. LSS said it was aware the EID festival period increased movement and handling of livestock and said it conducted a rigorous EID management plan, always reinforcing the obligations for Australian animals under ESCAS. LSS said once advised by DAWE of the non-compliance, slaughter and sales were suspended and an investigation into the issue launched. LSS was also working with local authorities to remove all the remaining sheep from the facility and relocate them to an approved feedlot. A spokesman for LSS said it was committed to understanding why the facility operated this way and rectifying the issues. LSS said the facility had previously never had a non-compliance report. The LSS spokesman said it was also committed to working with DAWE and providing all information from its investigation into this “unacceptable conduct”. A spokeswoman for Australian Livestock Exporter’s Council, which was speaking on behalf of LSS, said it “had no oversight or was not privy to who the importer was”. Animals Australia, which filed the complaint to DAWE, is preparing a brief of evidence for Agriculture Minister David Littleproud and Shadow Agriculture Minister Julie Collins.