“Humanity's true moral test, its fundamental test, consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals.”
Worldwide, live export has been a controversial animal welfare issue for decades.
The export of live animals for slaughter has been technically banned in New Zealand since 2003, after 5,000 sheep died on an Australian shipment bound for Saudi Arabia, causing outrage among Kiwis. Live export for breeding has continued, with the animals ultimately being killed in the country of destination, by methods that could be illegal in New Zealand.
Each year thousands of New Zealand animals are exported live internationally, to China and other countries. These ocean journeys can last several weeks causing distress to 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. Some end up getting sick or dying.
Horrors at sea: Live Export Exposed
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