Two years ago, the government announced a ban on live animal export by sea, which will come into effect on April 30th, 2023.
What many people are unaware of, however, is live export by air will continue in New Zealand.
Unfortunately, most of these animals are destined for countries with no animal protection laws, which means that once they arrive at their destination, they are often killed by methods deemed too cruel to be legal in New Zealand.
The nation overwhelmingly supported the ban on exporting live animals by sea due to the horrors of the journey and the dangers of the destination.
New Zealand claims to maintain world-class standards of animal welfare. If we are to stand behind this claim, we cannot continue to outsource cruelty – no matter the vessel.
Write to Rt Hon Prime Minister Chris Hipkins, Minister of Agriculture Hon Damien O’Connor, and Associate Minister of Agriculture (Animal Welfare) Hon Meka Whaitiri and urge them to end live export by air.
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