While the gentle cows who lived at Cornwall Park were saved from live export by caring people, not all animals used for live export will be so lucky. In April 2021, the Government finally listened to the collective voice of kiwis and announced a ban on live export by sea. Sadly, the ban won’t be effective until April 2023, and live export by air will still be permitted. This is not enough – millions of animals will continue to suffer. On board live export ships and planes, animals must endure severe overcrowding, heat stress, and turbulent movement. Countless animals are exposed to diseases, injuries and deaths that were otherwise avoidable. Once animals leave our shores, they are vulnerable to unknown horrors in countries with no animal welfare standards.
If animals used in live export had a voice, they would put an end to their prolonged suffering. An independent Commissioner for Animals could take more decisive action for animals and finally implement an immediate and complete ban on live export.