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Take action Live exports simply aren’t worth the risks

Live exports simply aren’t worth the risk

Demand a ban on live exports

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The livestock carrier Gulf Livestock 1 has capsized and sunk with nearly 6,000 cows on board. Two crew members have been rescued, one confirmed dead, and the search for the remaining forty had now been called off. This ship has a history of mechanical breakdowns, and pictures of the appalling conditions for the animals onboard have been published by the media. These cows should never have been at sea.

Following the tragedy, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) announced it would temporarily suspend live exports of cattle. Only weeks later, came the shocking news that the trade can restart any time from 24 October. This undermines the progress that had been made to stop the suffering. We need a permanent ban on all live export of farmed animals.

This disaster has highlighted the risks both humans and animals are forced to endure on live export ships. We need to ensure this never happens again.

A review of live export by MPI was already underway when this disaster occurred. On Friday, 11 September, in response to this latest disaster, MPI announced the launch of yet another review – this time into the welfare of animals while on they are onboard live export ships. This new review is just a pause on business as usual and won’t make a difference for the animals when they arrive in countries with lower or no animal welfare standards. SAFE is calling on the Government to release the results of both reviews before the October election so that New Zealanders are able to exercise their democratic right and hold elected leaders to account at the ballot box.

Cows exported alive from New Zealand are forced to endure weeks of travel in small pens, where the floor soon becomes covered in excrement. In these unnatural conditions, they can be thrown around, especially in rough weather. This is stressful and puts these animals at risk of injury. The majority of animals exported from New Zealand will arrive in countries with lower animal welfare standards than New Zealand or none at all.

Why is the cruel and dangerous trade in live animals allowed to continue?

 

Take Action

 

Action 1: Tell the Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern that caring people, like you, want to see an end to all live export

Key points you can make:

  • Live exports simply aren’t worth the risks. The Gulf Livestock 1 tragedy should not have happened. Live export destroys lives.
  • Time and time again we have seen animals suffering in disasters like this. Just last year, over 14,000 sheep drowned off the coast of Romania. If we don’t put an end to live export it is only a matter of time before another disaster strikes.
  • The little short-term economic gains from live export are not worth the risk to human and animal lives. They are not worth the risk to New Zealand’s reputation.
  • I am appalled that you have lifted the temporary ban on live exports, allowing animals to leave our shores from 24 October
  • Sending animals to countries where they may be slaughtered by methods that are illegal in New Zealand, undermines our reputation for animal welfare.
  • Our elected leaders need to act responsibly and end this cruel trade once and for all.

This email will be sent directly to Hon Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Minister of Agriculture Hon Damien O’Connor. You will also receive a copy for your records. Emails are public information ‒ if you would like any of your information withheld, please state this in your email.

 

Action 2:  Tell Hawke’s Bay Regional Council that caring people, like you, want to see all live export from Napier Port stopped

Key points you can make:

  • It is the responsibility of our elected Council members to uphold standards that reflect the values of Kiwis. I do not support live animal export and want to see Hawke’s Bay Regional Council stop the export of all live animals from Napier Port.
  • As Hawke’s Bay Regional Council has a 55% majority shareholding in Napier Port, the Council has a lot of influence over what happens at the Port. I call on Hawke’s Bay Regional Council, as majority shareholder in Napier Port, to direct Napier Port to cease the export of live animals.
  • I am appalled that Hawke’s Bay Regional Council is continuing to allow the live export of animals from Napier Port. Council representatives should not be placing profit above the welfare of the animals being sent overseas and the people working onboard the ships.
  • I am appalled that just two months after the Gulf Livestock 1 left Napier Port and sank near Japan, another live export vessel will leave Napier Port to transport thousands of cows to China. The Gulf Livestock 1 tragedy resulted in the loss of 5,867 cows and 41 human lives, including those of two Kiwi crew members. Live export poses an unacceptable risk to our animals and our people. I call on our elected representatives to recognise that live export is not worth the risk.
  • Sending animals to countries where they may be slaughtered by methods that are illegal in New Zealand undermines our own animal welfare laws and our international reputation. Hawke’s Bay Regional Council needs to cease the live export of animals from Napier Port immediately.
  • Any short-term economic gains from live export are not worth the risk to human and animal lives. I urge Hawke’s Bay Regional Council, as majority shareholder in Napier Port, to direct the Port to stop the export of live animals.

This email will be sent directly to Hawke’s Bay Regional Council members Rex Graham, Rick Barker, Craig Foss, Hinewai Ormsby, Neil Kirton, Martin Williams, Will Foley, Jerf van Beek and Charles Lambert. You will also receive a copy for your records. Emails are public information ‒ if you would like any of your information withheld, please state this in your email.

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Action 3: Tell Timaru District Council that caring people, like you, want to see all live export from Timaru Port stopped

Key points you can make:

  • It is the responsibility of our elected Council members to uphold standards that reflect the values of Kiwis. I do not support live export and want to see Timaru District Council stop the export of all live animals from PrimePort Timaru (“Timaru Port”).
  • As Timaru District Council controls 50% of Timaru Port via Timaru District Holdings Ltd, the Council has significant influence over what happens at the Port. I call on Timaru District Council, as a major shareholder in Timaru Port, to direct the Port to cease the export of live animals.
  • One of the stated objectives of Timaru District Holdings Ltd is to “exhibit a sense of social and environmental responsibility by having regard to the interests of the community in which it operates.” As Timaru District Holdings Ltd is a Council-controlled organisation, I call on Timaru District Council to have regard to the interests of members of the community who, like me, want to see a ban on live export.
  • I am appalled that Timaru District Council is continuing to allow the live export of animals from Timaru Port. Council representatives should not be placing profit above the welfare of the animals being sent overseas and the people working onboard the ships.
  • I am appalled that just two months after the Gulf Livestock 1 left New Zealand and sank near Japan, two live export vessels will be leaving from Timaru Port to transport thousands of cows to China. The sinking of the Gulf Livestock 1 resulted in the loss of 5,867 cows and 41 human lives, including those of two Kiwi crew members. Live export poses an unacceptable risk to our animals and our people. I call on our elected representatives to recognise that live export is not worth the risk.
  • Sending animals to countries where they may be slaughtered by methods that are illegal in New Zealand undermines our own animal welfare laws and our international reputation. Timaru District Council needs to ban the live export of animals from Timaru Port immediately.
  • Any short-term economic gains from live export are not worth the risk to human and animal lives. I urge Timaru District Council, as a major shareholder in Timaru Port, to direct the Port to stop the export of live animals.

This email will be sent directly to Timaru District Mayor Nigel Bowen and Councillors Gavin Oliver, Richard Lyon, Paddy O’Reilly, Peter Burt, Allan Booth, Barbara Gilchrist, Sally Parker, Stu Piddington and Steve Wills. You will also receive a copy for your records. Emails are public information ‒ if you would like any of your information withheld, please state this in your email.

Live Export - Timaru District Council

 

Action 4: Tell Taranaki Regional Council that caring people, like you, want to see all live export from Port Taranaki stopped

Key points you can make:

  • It is the responsibility of our elected Council members to uphold standards that reflect the values of Kiwis. I do not support live animal export and want to see Taranaki Regional Council stop the export of all live animals from Port Taranaki.
  • As Taranaki Regional Council is the sole shareholder in Port Taranaki, the Council controls what happens at the Port. I call on Taranaki Regional Council, as sole shareholder in Port Taranaki, to direct Port Taranaki to cease the export of live animals.
  • I am appalled that Taranaki Regional Council is continuing to allow the live export of animals from Port Taranaki. Council representatives should not be placing profit above the welfare of the animals being sent overseas and the people working onboard the ships.
  • I am appalled that just two months after the Gulf Livestock 1 left Napier Port and sank near Japan, live exports have been allowed to continue from Port Taranaki, transporting thousands of cows to China. The Gulf Livestock 1 tragedy resulted in the loss of 5,867 cows and 41 human lives, including those of two Kiwi crew members. Live export poses an unacceptable risk to our animals and our people. I call on our elected representatives to recognise that live export is not worth the risk.
  • Sending animals to countries where they may be slaughtered by methods that are illegal in New Zealand undermines our own animal welfare laws and our international reputation. Taranaki Regional Council needs to cease the live export of animals from Port Taranaki immediately.
  • Any short-term economic gains from live export are not worth the risk to human and animal lives. I urge Taranaki Regional Council, as sole shareholder in Port Taranaki, to direct the Port to stop the export of live animals.

 

This email will be sent directly to Taranaki Regional Council members David MacLeod, Michael Joyce, Mike Davey, Donald McIntyre, Tom Cloke, David Lean, Charlotte Littlewood, Elvisa Van Der Leden, Craig Williamson, Neil Walker and Matthew McDonald. You will also receive a copy for your records. Emails are public information ‒ if you would like any of your information withheld, please state this in your email. 

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