Close
News Blog Articles Mycoplasma bovis outbreak must be dealt with humanely
Mycoplasma bovis outbreak must be dealt with humanely

Mycoplasma bovis outbreak must be dealt with humanely

May 29th, 2018

SAFE says that it is vital that the ongoing outbreak of Mycoplasma bovis is dealt with humanely, with high priority placed on animal welfare.

The Government and farming sector bodies announced on 28 May that an attempt will be made to eradicate Mycoplasma bovis from New Zealand, which will involve killing about 126,000 cattle over 24 months, in addition to the current cull underway. It will cost taxpayers and industry an estimated $886 million.

M. bovis has the potential for huge animal welfare issues. It can cause painful mastitis, respiratory disease and arthritis in cows; and lameness, joint swelling & severe pneumonia in calves. It can be spread by infected milk, farming equipment and cattle bodily fluids.

“The outbreak must be controlled swiftly to stop further suffering for farmed animals, for farmers and communities, and proper focus put on the source of the outbreak,” says Campaigns Director Mandy Carter.

“It is very upsetting to see the killing cows on such a large scale. Animal industries kill thousands of animals a week as business as usual for meat processing – it’s happening in a more concentrated timeframe in this instance. Containing these outbreaks always involves significant consequences, and is vital that further animal suffering is not caused.”

 

Try plant-based!

Eat with kindness

Get ready to be inspired by how enjoyable, easy and delicious it can be to live in a way that is kinder to our planet and all who live on it.

Donate today

Help us continue helping animals in need

As a charity, SAFE is reliant on the support of caring people like you to carry out our valuable work. Every gift goes towards providing education, undertaking research and campaigning for the benefit of all animals. SAFE is a registered charity in New Zealand (CC 40428). Contributions of $5 or more are tax-deductible.