Government announces ban for live cattle exports by sea

A Radio NZ article.

The government has announced a ban on live cattle exports by sea, with a two-year period to phase out the trade.

Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor launched a review into livestock exports nearly two years ago with options ranging from improving systems to a total ban.

Figures from Stats NZ show more than 100,000 breeding cattle were shipped to China last year, to the value of $255.89 million. In an announcement this morning, O’Connor said New Zealand had to uphold its reputation for high standards of animal welfare.

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