Corporate New Zealand farmer Southern Pastures was recently named among a group of 15 fund managers who lead in responsible investment by the Responsible Investment Association Australasia.
The fund owns 19 dairy farms (over 16,400 acres) and is a 50% shareholder in Lewis Road Creamery. It does not allow any of its cattle to be exported live. Chairman Prem Maan said: “We’ve always had a cast-iron policy of not participating in the live export trade. We’re hopeful that the recent tragic loss of cattle and crew en route to China will force authorities to reconsider the policy that allows this to continue.”
Southern Pastures’ Lewis Road Creamery grass-fed butter is sold by Whole Foods and other stores across the United States and by Woolworths across Australia.
The live export industry tries to paint those against the trade as “activists” that hold extreme views, but it's just not the case. People from all walks of life, country and city, act on their ethics to prevent cruelty to animals.