By Charlie Moore For Daily Mail Australia
Published: 02:01 BST, 1 August 2019 | Updated: 02:29 BST, 1 August 2019
A live export company has been charged after horrific video emerged of sheep being effectively boiled alive on a trip from Perth to the Middle East.
Emanuel Exports and two of its directors are accused of animal cruelty after 2,400 sheep died from heat stress during a voyage in August 2017.
The company denies any wrongdoing and will fight the charges.
Disturbing footage taken by whistle-blowers showed distressed sheep packed into cages and gasping for air on board the Awassi Express.
Horrific footage has been captured of the barbaric conditions aboard a live sheep export ship as it travelled from Western Australia to the Middle East
The video also showed sheep carcasses decaying as the crew, in minimal protective gear, cleared them from a fetid bog known as the 'faecal pad'.
Staff then dump the melted remains of the animals overboard and pump gallons of thick brown effluent into the ocean.
In a statement on Wednesday, the West Australian Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development said charges had been laid under the state's Animal Welfare Act.
The charges relate to the 'unnecessary harm caused or likely to be caused' to the sheep, of which 2400 died during the journey.
It comes after an 18-month investigation by compliance officers within the department.
The case will be heard in court at a later