12 Feb 2024

SPCA urging govt to rethink reversing live export ban

From Checkpoint, 5:27 pm on 12 February 2024

It's being described as a major leap backwards in animal welfare in New Zealand, that is the resumption of live animal exports by sea.

The SPCA is urging the Government to rethink its election promise to reverse the ban introduced by the previous government and bring back the export of live, farmed animals on ships.

Just last month, a ship carrying 16,000 sheep and cattle en route from Australia to Israel was turned back because of the risk of coming under attack in the Red Sea.

The animals have been stranded for over a week in intense heat in Western Australia.

Dr Arnja Dale, Chief Scientific Officer for the SPCA, speaks to Jimmy Ellingham.