The cruel live export trade
New Zealanders take pride in valuing animal welfare. Our Animal Welfare Act was amended in 2015 to enshrine in law that animals are sentient: they have the capacity to feel pain and joy, sadness and pleasure.
When our Government approves the export of animals to other countries with lower animal welfare, transport and slaughter standards, New Zealand’s Animal Welfare Act is undermined. SAFE is calling on the Government to end live export.
Most countries that New Zealand exports farmed animals to do not require stunning before slaughter. This means that after their time in a factory farm overseas, New Zealand animals may have their throats slit while they are still alive. At least one country we export to does not allow euthanasia, meaning sick animals may spend days or weeks dying slowly.