Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Outrage Against Live Export Trade goes Global


14 June 2018

Stop Live Transport: International Day of Awareness shows Governments not doing enough

In April this year, shocking new footage was released of horrific conditions on board live export shipments from Australia causing further upset worldwide regarding what was already a controversial trade.

Today, 14 June, has been chosen to mark this year’s global Stop Live Transport: International Awareness Day, as it marks the anniversary of one of the worst international live transport disasters of recent times, on-board the Trust1.

13,000 sheep set sail on board the Trust1 ship from Romania, on 21 May 2015, where they spent a gruelling 24 days at sea with insufficient provisions and inadequate care. By the time the Trust1 finally docked in Somalia on 14 June 2015 all the sheep were dead – having suffered from extreme dehydration, starvation and exhaustion.

Millions of live animals worldwide are transported thousands of kilometres internationally every year on long journeys that can result in immense suffering. Many of these animals, including sheep and cows, are kept in overcrowded conditions without enough food, water, or space to move, and can face brutal treatment at slaughter.

Just last year New Zealand sent over 27,000 live cattle overseas for breeding. And in March 2018 we sent 3,600 live cattle to China. Live export for slaughter in New Zealand is prohibited. Live export for breeding purposes is still allowed under current law.

“New Zealand has a long way to go on the issue of live export,” says SAFE campaigns manager Marianne Macdonald. “The animals we export for breeding can face the same suffering we outlawed when we stopped live export for slaughter in 2003. These animals still face potentially horrific conditions on board these ships, especially when there are rough seas or high temperatures. After they have been bred from in the destination country they are slaughtered, sometimes by means deemed illegal in New Zealand.”

“Unlike its predecessor, this Government consists of parties which all acknowledge the need for change regarding live export. This Government understands the cruelty faced by animals on live export ships and we urge them to ban all export of farmed animals whether for breeding or slaughter.”

SAFE urges New Zealand and Australian Governments to take action to end live export.

ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Another Reason To Loathe HR Departments (And On The Teachers Strike)

This morning’s news item about Police emergency call centre staff turning up for work while they’re sick – because they’re afraid their sick leave statistics will be used against them, and their jobs put in jeopardy – is not an isolated case...

Obviously, sick people shouldn’t be being treated by doctors and nurses who are themselves sick and potentially infectious. Similarly, Police emergency calls also need to be fielded by people who’re feeling alert, and on top of their game. More>>

 
 

TOP Still Going, Actually: New Leader For Opportunities Party

New leader Geoff Simmons' aim as the leader of TOP is to take the party into Parliament at the next election where it can advocate and implement progressive reform in areas including fair taxation, cannabis legalisation, affordable housing, and environmental protection. More>>

ALSO:

MPs' Computers To Be Searched: Inquiry Into Leak On Simon Bridges' Expenses

An inquiry has been launched to find out who leaked the National Party's expenses to the media... Parliament's speaker, Trevor Mallard, said a Queen's Counsel would lead the inquiry with the help of an employment lawyer and also someone with forensic IT skills. More>>

ALSO:

Teachers Strike: Nationwide Rallies And Marches

Teachers and principals voted for a full day strike to be held on 15 August to send a strong message to the Government that the current collective agreement offers from the Ministry of Education would not fix the crisis in teaching. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: City Council Ends Its Support For Jackson’s Movie Museum

The Wellington City Council and the Movie Museum Limited have today announced a mutually-agreed parting of the ways for a joint project between the Council’s Convention Centre and TMML’s Movie Museum... Both parties remain optimistic for the future of their respective projects. More>>

Pay Equity: Historic Settlement For Education Support Workers

The New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI) and the Ministry of Education today signed Terms of Settlement to address a pay equity claim for 329 support workers who work with very young children in early childhood and primary schools. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Stereotypes About Jacinda Ardern

Routinely, female politicians get depicted as either show ponies or battle axes, with little room for anything else in between. .. More>>

Weekend Interviews: "Discriminatory And Racist" Aussie Deportations

The former president of Australia’s Human Rights Commission Gillian Triggs says deportations have risen dramatically in Australia since 2014 when ministers and ministerial delegates were given the power to cancel visas - and half of those being deported are New Zealanders. "These are massive numbers, actually escalating dramatically."... More>>

ALSO:

Legal Challenge: Prisoner Has 9 Boxes Of Documents Seized

Human rights organisation People Against Prisons Aotearoa says a prisoner they advocate for has had 9 boxes of legal documents seized from him just days before his case against the Department of Corrections was to be heard. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages