SAFE in NZ reports that cattle awaiting the last live export voyage from New Zealand are being forced to live in mud with no shelter in pre-export quarantine. These sub-optimal conditions occur before the long and often difficult journey by sea, before they disappear into a welfare void on arrival.
As Australia negotiates its own ban on live sheep exports, the industry is trying to insist that things have changed, that regulations and their own initiatives have made a difference to welfare. It's just not the case - ASEL and ESCAS breaches by exporters continue on at the usual rate and suffering is inherent in the entire live export chain, whether from Australia or NZ. And interestingly, New Zealand sentiment against the Nationals new (and bumbling) commitment to reinstate live ex is very evident in the NZ media.
SAFE For AnimalsDisturbing footage has emerged showing thousands of cattle in pre-export quarantine near Pleasant Point.
TV interview https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/shows/2023/04/newshub-nation-national-mp-nicola-grigg-defends-controversial-live-animal-export-policy.html -
Radio Interview https://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/on-air/the-weekend-collective/politics-central/chris-luxon-national-party-leader-will-only-bring-back-live-animal-exports-under-strict-regulations/
Opinion article https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/opinion/300859849/national-is-no-friend-of-change-but-the-devil-is-in-the-detail
Facebook thread https://www.facebook.com/1NewsNZ/posts/pfbid0pkGgMnpfovsW1T8ADHQURBcMNXH4fR6LLyUgjkHhTJwd76BdPqZ8bWyGxe8JiiXUl
Twitter thread https://twitter.com/NewshubNationNZ/status/1649558514631602178 and https://twitter.com/Naly_D/status/1649571442512756736