National vows to review live export ban

Source: Annette Scott, Farmers Weekly

Passing of law against shipping cattle met with howls of protest.

A future National government would review the law banning live cattle exports, National’s animal welfare spokesperson Nicola Grigg says.

In terms of a bill passed this week, livestock export trade by sea will cease from April 30 next year, cutting New Zealand’s gross domestic product by $472 million and closing off a lucrative market for export cattle breeders.

Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor said the ban will protect NZ’s reputation for world-leading animal welfare standards.



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