Live Export in NZ

“Humanity's true moral test, its fundamental test, consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals.”

Milan Kundera

The export of live animals for slaughter has been banned in New Zealand since 2003, after 5,000 sheep died on an Australian shipment bound for Saudi Arabia, causing outrage among members of the New Zealand public. Whilst live export for slaughter from New Zealand is banned, live export for breeding has continued with the animals ultimately being killed in the country of destination.

Each year tens of thousands of New Zealand animals are exported live to places such as China, Saudi Arabia and Mexico. These ocean journeys of several weeks cause stress for the animals as well as a huge potential for injury and death. Many animals suffer as they struggle to adapt to the conditions and food on board and some end up sick or even die.

In June 2015 50,000 sheep and 3,000 cows were sent on a shipment to Mexico causing massive controversy.

Live Export Cruelty

Animals Sent Abroad



  • Contact the the Prime Minister, Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, and ask her ban live exports now! Sign the e-card.
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