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Animal rights organisation SAFE and Taranaki Animal Rights Group will be handing over a petition to the Taranaki Regional Council (TRC) today, asking the council to direct its port to stop exporting live animals. The petition was signed by over 11,700 people.
SAFE Campaigns Manager Marianne Macdonald said live export is a cruel trade that’s not worth the risk.
“The reality is, all of these animals, who are exported for breeding purposes, will eventually be slaughtered in their destination country, potentially by methods outlawed in New Zealand,” said Macdonald.
“The people of Taranaki have made it clear that they don’t want their port to be used to facilitate live exports.”
The TRC is the sole shareholder in Port Taranaki. New Plymouth District Councillor Anneka Carlson said the TRC has the power to stop live animal exports from its port.
“The longer that Port Taranaki continues to facilitate this cruel trade, the more our reputation gets tarnished. Taranaki is better than this,” said Carlson.
So far this year, over 21,000 cows have been exported from Port Taranaki.
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– Images of cows in holding pens on the Gulf Livestock 1 on a voyage in 2019.
– Petition to the Taranaki Regional Council.
– New analysis from The Guardian has found that live export ships are twice as likely to be lost at sea as cargo vessels.
– The live export of cattle, sheep, goats and deer for slaughter was banned in 2003. However, it is still legal to export these animals for breeding purposes.
– Animals exported for breeding purposes and their young will still eventually be slaughtered, potentially by means too cruel to be legal in New Zealand.
– The Government has been reviewing the live-export trade since June 2019. Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has expressed his preference for a conditional ban on cattle exports.