SPCA is calling for a ban on the live export of farmed animals by sea from New Zealand ahead of the nation’s impending Cabinet decision on the future of the trade.
The Scoop editorial highlights recent incidents which have seen thousands of animals die, and notes that animals exported for breeding purposes are often heavily pregnant during transport and constitute highly vulnerable animals. “Instead, our focus should be directed on expanding New Zealand’s trade in the export of animal genetics,” says the SPCA.
“The export of any live animal for slaughter is entirely unnecessary thanks to the refrigerated carcass trade, which guarantees economic returns for a greater proportion of society than just farmers and live exporters.”
Additionally: “The export of farmed animals to other countries with lower welfare standards does not reflect the expectations of the New Zealand public. This practice tarnishes New Zealand’s reputation internationally, and erodes confidence in our industry back home.”
VALE welcomes New Zealand’s willingness to consider banning the trade and has provided the NZ Government with its analysis.