Concerns from the livestock export sector over possible ban

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Wed, 14 Apr 2021, 9:25AM
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Photo / NZ Herald

Concerns from the livestock export sector over possible ban

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Wed, 14 Apr 2021, 9:25AM

Livestock exporters say there's no justification for a complete ban on live exports.

The Government is expected to make an announcement on the issue this morning, which TVNZ reports will be a total ban.

Animal rights groups have raised concerns about conditions on live export ships, after 41 people including, two New Zealanders,  died in the sinking of a livestock ship last year.

But Animal Genetics Trade Association chief executive Dave Hayman told Mike Hosking  these groups are being alarmist.

He says the sector does a world class job, and cattle have a survival rate similar to a New Zealand farm.

Hayman says a ban is not inevitable.

“It's a morally and practically unjustified decision, that's based on miscalculated principles, and he hopes common sense will prevail.”

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