Ban on live export by sea announced!
On 14 April 2021, Minister of Agriculture Damien O’Connor announced a ban on the export of live animals by sea – with a ‘wind down’ period of up to two years.
On 16 July 2021, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) advised SAFE that the export of live animals by sea would be allowed to continue until 30 April 2023.
SAFE is pleased to see the Government taking animal welfare seriously, and for taking this world-leading step forward for animals.
But two years is too long. Tens of thousands of animals will continue to suffer during the wind down period.
While live export by sea is drawing to an end in Aotearoa, the ban will not apply to the millions of animals exported by air every year. SAFE will continue to campaign for a complete and permanent ban on the export of all live animals – whether by sea or air.