03/09/2020

Tragedy in the East China Sea highlights why live export must be banned

Statement – Sustainable New Zealand Party

Tragedy in the East China Sea highlights why live export must be banned

We now have confirmation that the livestock carrier ship Gulf Livestock 1 has sunk in the East China Sea. 43 crew, including 2 New Zealanders, were on board and just one crew member has been found alive. Our deepest sympathies go to the families of the crew.

The 5,800 cows on board the boat – which were likely all pregnant – have died one of the most terrifying deaths imaginable yet this is only mentioned as a footnote in media reports.

Sustainable New Zealand policy is to ban live exports. This incident, while having the worst possible conclusion, is only one of a trade in which frightened animals are transported in appalling conditions to be slaughtered in countries sometimes using methods that would be illegal in New Zealand.

We applaud the government’s move to suspend live export pending a review of the sinking but if this is truly a government of compassion and kindness, they will ban the cruel practice of live export immediately.