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New Zealand to end livestock exports by sea due to animal welfare concerns

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By Praveen Menon

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Interesting. I support a focus on animal welfare. As a practical matter will the animals be slaughtered in NZ? Will live animals be sent by air?

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While we're at it, can exports of live horses to Japan also stop?

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Aren't these animals going to be killed anyway? Is this just about sparing them the stress of being packed on a ship?

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Reasonable. No need to cause the animals any more stress than is necessary.

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Do they realize that these animals have some of the highest and best living conditions in transit compared to being on a farm. 

Do you mean feed lot when you say farm? I ask because the two are totally different and you seem to be describing a feed lot.

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"We have not been able to guarantee the safety of these animals at sea and that's an unacceptable risk for New Zealand,"

So they have no problem with them being slaughtered after they reach their destination, but only when they die of an accident in transit?

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This could be relevant.

September 2020

A cattle transport with 45 crew (Filipino, N.Z and Australian) and 6000 head of cattle went down off the southern coast of Japan.

Only one crew member survived.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NjuVZbpcU0

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Do they realize that these animals have some of the highest and best living conditions in transit compared to being on a farm.

Yeah, sure. I bet they travel in first class.

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While we're at it, can exports of live horses to Japan also stop?

Hear Hear!

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New Zealand to end livestock exports by sea due to animal welfare concerns

Anyone who has watched a documentary about those animal transports will agree that is a good move. These transports are hell on earth, not defensible for anyone with a conscience.

Usually I am critical of woke NZ, but here they are right.

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Reckless

Interesting. I support a focus on animal welfare. As a practical matter will the animals be slaughtered in NZ? Will live animals be sent by air

I assume the animals will now be slaughtered locally, under controlled conditions, and exported as frozen meat. That is absolutely doable and the animal torturers in China and the ME who want it otherwise will have to live with it.

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NZ is leading the world in every aspect oh human and Animal dignity, I am moving to New Z. as soon as I am able to.

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No one gives a damn about the crew ..........

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The two-year transition period will give the growers time to shift their operations to Australia, which doesn't have such a ban. The end result will be a tiny reduction in the New Zealand economy.

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The UK government stated in December that it will ban the export of live animals for slaughter or fattening by the end of 2021.

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Agreeeeeeed with @MH

Also folks, horses are considered food live stock here. I go with the flow of any country I visit on what to eat as acceptable.

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therougou

So they have no problem with them being slaughtered after they reach their destination, but only when they die of an accident in transit?

Well, the NZ government foolishly assumed that China and ME countries have similar rules about humane animal slaughter as NZ does. But at least they recognized the sea transport as the torture that it is.

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Do they realize that these animals have some of the highest and best living conditions in transit compared to being on a farm. For example regular high quality feeding and vet checks to the point its almost intrusive to the animal, do they understand the conditions that these animals are held are so clean and well maintained to avoid protocol breeches. This is getting out of hand, half these "animal welfare" activists are just complaining for the sake of complaining at this point. If were so concerned about our exports of Livestock and meat to these countries it would be better to focus our attention on our meat plants having the funding to deal with potential Coli bacterial checks and our farms being able to afford the tools to keep the animals in good condition.

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No need to cause the animals any more stress than is necessary.

No need to stress them more than is needed, yeah okay...

New Zealand was one of those countries moaning about Japanese and Norwegians etc catching whales no?

If New Zealand were serious, they would also be joining the sustainable whaling nations in catching some whales, to a sustainable extent. There is no need for farming at all, let alone live export, of whales, which otherwise freely roam the oceans.

No one of us would choose to be a New Zealand farm cow over a free range whale. That’s animal welfare - freedom, until the final moments of life.

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