The embattled livestock shipping company behind the disastrous Awassi Express sheep shipment to the Middle East says it will co-operate with authorities after its license was suspended.
The Department of Agriculture ordered Emanuel Exports on June 1 to "show cause" why it should hold an export licence, kicking off a criminal investigation into the August shipment, on which thousands of sheep died from heat stress.
On Friday, the department said the export licence of "one company" had been suspended "pending a full review of the company's response to a show cause notice".
"It is the responsibility of each exporter to ensure it meets (welfare) obligations," the department said in a statement.
"The department takes those responsibilities very seriously."
Emmanuel's director Nicholas Daws said the company will "co-operate fully" as the review takes place.
"It is not appropriate to provide any further public comment until the Department has completed its review," Mr Daws said in a short statement on Friday.
The West Australian government is also investigating the possibility of laying criminal charges against Emanuel under the state's animal welfare act.
WAFarmers President Tony York on Friday said the industry body welcomed investigations into "any company who is suspected of the intent to cause cruelty" or compromises animal welfare.
"Bearing that in mind, we are also supportive of the continuation of the live sheep trade and its ongoing improvement," he said in a statement.
Earlier this week, state officials raided the company's West Perth offices to secure documents - presumably the same export licence papers WA Agriculture Minister Alannah MacTiernan accused the federal government of refusing to provide.
The raid had the industry up in arms, and the Nationals attacked Ms MacTiernan in parliament, putting forward a motion calling for her resignation.
She has also traded barbs with Federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud, with both accusing each other of jeopardising their respective investigations and questioning each other's commitment to improving animal welfare standards.
Ms MacTiernan wanted Mr Littleproud to ban live sheep exports to the Middle East during their summer months, which are June to August, but he ruled that out.
The toughest change stemming from a federal government review of that trade was slashing stocking densities by 28 per cent.
Last week, Animals Australia took to the Federal Court to challenge the validity of an export licence granted to Emanuel for a load of 58,000 sheep that had already left Fremantle on the Al Messilah, which is bound for the Middle East.
The activists claimed granting the licence was unlawful because experts, including the Australian Veterinary Association, had recommended ending the northern hemisphere summer sheep trade due to welfare concerns.