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Monday 26 October 2020

New Zealand Set New Requirements for Livestock Transport

New Zealand has announced a new set of requirements for the safe transport of livestock after the incident of a capsized cattle ship in the east of china killing thousands of cows and most of the ship’s crew.


According to reports, only two of the 43 members and more than 6,000 cattle on the Gulf Carrier 1,

which was heading from New Zealand to China, survived. This incident has prompted authorities to suspend live cattle exports and launch a review.


The suspension expired on 23 October, but a conditional ban is in place until 30 November, during which time New Zealand's Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) made livestock exports by sea subject to new conditions.


The conditions include additional inspection of livestock ships, lowering stock density on vessels to 90 percent of current limits to match new Australian standards, increased requirements for voyage reporting and ensuring at least 20 percent of feed is available for unplanned delays.


The MPI said it needed to move to ensure there's no serious animal welfare issue for the 24,000 cows in pre-export quarantine, which would likely have to be slaughtered without the interim measures.


“We want to ensure they are moved safely. It’s important to note New Zealand does not export animals for slaughter, but as breeding stock,” said MPI Director-General Ray Smith.


New Zealand, since 2019 had begun to look into the possibility of a wider policy review of live animal exports. The MPI said it will work together with the new government in the coming weeks after the ruling Labour party was returned to power last week.

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