NZ BANS LIVE EX: MOTION PASSED
28th Sept 2022 was a day for the diary as NZ Parliament voted to ban live export. Exports of livestock by sea will stop on 30 April 2023. And the reason? Minister O'Connor stated that commitment to high welfare standards "has already shown its value where animal welfare discussions have been brought up in Free Trade Agreement negotiations with the United Kingdom and the European Union. This Bill reinforces and builds on New Zealand’s reputation as a safe and ethical producer of high-quality food products. It protects the reputation of not just our farmers now but, the farmers of the future who want to commit to livestock farming assured that we are the best managers of animal welfare and producers of ethical animal protein for the world,” Damien O’Connor said. They are sure one-up on Australia which continues to export, despite admitting in Export Advisory Notice 2022/20 that "regulatory settings introduced in 2020 reduced, but did not eliminate, the risk of heat stress for sheep exported to the Middle East"
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