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Livestock exports | #protecttheban

Updated: Jul 4

Our world leading ban on farmed animal export by sea is under threat!

We've teamed up with other animal welfare advocates and Dr John Hellström to #protecttheban.

Over 57 000 New Zealanders signed John's petition - they agree that we must #protecttheban.

After very successful petition handover and expert veterinary panel events, we are now gearing up to respond to the Government's impending public consultation on the repeal of the ban on livestock exports.

We'll post more here soon about how you can get involved.


The 'bedding' provided to cattle.

The world-leading ban (effective 1st May 2023) was a significant win for animals in Aotearoa New Zealand. It was extraordinarily wonderful because it was a decision that was wholeheartedly driven by doing what is right for our animals and our animal welfare credentials. Finally, a decision that was not controlled by vested interests and economic gain for a few!


Sadly, in 2024, due to the interests of and gain for a few, short term thinking and disregard for the welfare of our animals, the ban is now under a very real threat, as the coalition government promises to repeal it.

WHAT CAN WE DO TO #protecttheban?

We are all advocating strongly to the National-led coalition government to retain the ban, and we are supporting the opposition to fight the repeal. Please join us and add your voice to our work.

Steer with pus coming out of leg wound - Anon Vet

For other information on the ban:

VAWA in the media:

'Concentrating the issue down to voyage welfare remediation — through a cattle class standard, developed and driven by a limited number of live export beneficiaries, including veterinarians, and despite the government’s direction, Ministry for Primary Industries (aka, use of taxpayers’ money) — is subterfuge.'

“It’s choosing to serve the needs of a small number of people who make money out of an industry that is otherwise nonsensical,” says Beattie. “I’m seeing a complete and utter lack of strategy around what’s good for our people, our animals, our economy, and our long term survival.”

'In fact, it’s remarkable how tone deaf the ‘bring back live export to NZ’ message has been as MV Bahijah and the Al Kuwait live-export scandals have lit up global headlines.' 

Join VAWA and help us protect our animals from this heinous practice. Our animals need your support!

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