The New Zealand Government has formally announced it is banning the export of live cows and other farm animals by sea due to welfare concerns with a two year phase out. The country temporarily suspended such exports last year after the sinking of Gulf Livestock 1 but a review of live exports was already undewray from the previous year.
Minister O'Connor said the risk to the country's reputation outweighed any financial gains because there was no way to safeguard the welfare of the animals once they left New Zealand's shores.
“New Zealand must stay ahead of the curve in a world where animal welfare is under increasing scrutiny if we truly want to be the most ethical producers of food,” he said.
Congratulations NZ for their careful assessment, ethics and animal welfare concern. Australia of course is not troubled by such scruples...but perhaps the NZ example will lead others eventually.