Cows in New Zealand face many welfare issues. Dairy cows are repeatedly impregnated so that humans can consume their milk, only to have their babies taken away and killed.
Cows selected for live export are usually taken from green pastures in New Zealand. They are sometimes shipped while pregnant, confined to small pens. They travel across the Pacific Ocean, where they can be thrown around in rough seas. Once the journey is over, they may be taken to concrete intensive farms to give birth, where they may be kept for years to be milked.
Sadly, cows are not the only species exploited for milk. In New Zealand, goats are farmed for milk, meat and fibres. Almost 170,000 goats were killed in New Zealand in 2019.