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.