Apr 16, 2021, 12:00 AM
NZVA accepts live export ban is consistent with animal welfare science
The New Zealand Veterinary Association (NZVA) is not surprised by the government’s decision to ban live exports by sea and believes the two- year transition period is pragmatic for businesses in the sector.
Many of you will be aware of the government’s announcement to ban exports of livestock by sea. The NZVA’s member-consulted policy statement on Live Exports is that;
“The New Zealand Veterinary Association opposes the export of any live animal unless, throughout the lifetime of the animal, its welfare is adequately managed according to the requirements of the Animal Welfare Act 1999.”
The Minister for Agriculture, Hon. Damien O’Connor, indicated in his announcement that the Ministry for Primary Industries cannot guarantee for our animals’ welfare during shipments, and this has driven the decision to disestablish livestock export by sea.