It says much about the Agriculture Department -- the bureaucrats who have known in perfect detail about the extent of animal torture on board live sheep export vessels to the Middle East for many years -- couldn't even bring themselves to name the company whose export licence they suspended on Friday. Forced by public outrage and a public humiliation by their own minister to finally take regulatory action of the kind they have studiously avoided taking for so long, the bureaucrats wouldn't even name the company. 

"The department takes those responsibilities very seriously," the bureaucrats said in a short media release.