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The Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) says there will now be extra requirements on the export of live animals.
MPI Director-General Ray Smith says the independent review found there was a wider policy review of the trade to ensure there is no serious animal welfare issue for the 24,000 cows in pre-export quarantine.
“We’ve moved quickly following the Heron review to ensure no serious animal welfare issue for the 24,000 cows in pre-export quarantine, which would likely have to be slaughtered if interim measures weren’t put in place.”
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“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.”
The review found there were robust checks and balances in place of the trades happening. MPI says they can strengthen parts of the Animal Welfare Export Certificate (AWEC) process.
“We will do that because we’re committed to ensuring crew and animals on livestock export boats are safe,” Mr Smith says.
The immediate changes will apply for the subject prohibition period and that includes the following:
* A more focused maritime inspection of livestock carrier ships that enter New Zealand to transport live animals by Maritime New Zealand as an additional safeguard
* The restriction of stocking density on vessels to 90% of the current limited to match Australias standards
* Increase the requirements for voyage reporting which includes daily veterinary reports during voyages
* And lastly, increasing the minimum fodder requirements that ensure at least 20% of feed is available for unplanned delayed during the voyage
The long term changes suggested by the reviewers sich as require more information in Animal Welfare Export Certificate applications and reviewing the current rules, guidelines and regulations.
“Advice will be provided soon to the incoming government on the wider policy review, which started in 2019, and the independent reviewers’ report will help inform that work. Included in the advice will be further consideration of lower stock density rates for shipments,” concluded Mr Smith.
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