Regarding the NZ decision to ban live ex, the New Zealand Veterinary Association’s Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr Helen Beattie, stated "we are not surprised by the decision and believe it is consistent with advances in animal welfare science that acknowledges animal sentience – meaning animals have feelings, both positive and negative, just like humans."
And yep, Australian animals have exactly the same sentience as NZ animals so its no more right to live ex here than it is in NZ.
Do we need to wait for another Gulf Livestock 1? Another report of cruelty in a destination country? Or worse....do we need New Zealand to show us how it’s done?
Australian farmers could, voluntarily, and on their own terms, be a proactive force for positive change and show the world that Australia really are animal welfare leaders (not just an empty boast!).