What must it be like for a cow that has only known green pastures and open skies to spend weeks confined below deck on board a ship, with only unfamiliar, unnatural food, potentially being thrown around in rough seas? It’s certainly something that would be condemned by caring Kiwis.
At the start of this year, live-export ships began taking Taranaki cows overseas. These cows have been exported in their thousands, and all are likely to end up spending the rest of their lives in concrete factory farms, never to stand on grass again. When no longer deemed profitable, they’ll be killed, most likely by methods so cruel they would be illegal in New Zealand..
The Taranaki Regional Council is the sole shareholder of Port Taranaki and they elect two of their councillors to be directors on Port Taranaki’s board. It is, therefore, your regional councillors that have made the decision to get involved in the live-export trade. This is a trade that is currently being reviewed by the government. The Minister for Primary Industries, Damien O’Connor, has already expressed his support for a conditional ban on livestock exports.
Unfortunately, your elected officials have decided to put profit before animal welfare and open their port to this appalling trade. However, this also means that Taranaki Regional Councillors have the power to stop live export for good.
Key points you can make:
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David McLeod, Chair, Taranaki Regional Council and Director of Port Taranaki
Charlotte Littlewood, New Plymouth Constituency and Director of Port Taranaki
Stephen Hall, Director of Operations, Taranaki Regional Council
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