Thu, 31 Jan 2013 7:00p.m.
Animal group SAFE believes the welfare of 7000 dairy cows is at risk, as they start their 17-day journey to China.
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8/02/2013 7:31:43 p.m.
So do you know exactly what happens to your animals after they leave your farm, Jena?
5/02/2013 11:16:33 p.m.
there is nothing wrong with moving stock some where else as long as they have food,water and shelter i cant see what the big deal is!? i dont blame the shipping company for not letting you guys on you guys would just rip them to bits and give them a bad name! again town people need to back off farming because of the lack of knowledge and understanding.STOP trying to drive it into the ground
5/02/2013 3:32:38 p.m.
The government will always do what they want regardless of what the general public think. Animal welfare is low on their agenda. It all comes down to the almighty dollar as money is the god of this world - in other words GREED!!
4/02/2013 8:03:59 p.m.
This once again a so called news story being blow out of proportion by one eyed do gooder sensatonlist journalists.Can we not be positive about the export and business this brings to our country. No wonder the agents wouldnt let you on the ship. Your normal manipulation of the timeline of facts,lack of understanding and blind ignorance to what is happening could be mistrued in many directions. Do you not understand what quarantine means? As for the SAFE guy who is always on TV when this happens what is right for the cows. Is being milked twice a day by machine what cows were bred for. Not likely.I assume when you make statements like this you do know what cows were meant for.It would great if you could report a story for once that had positive spin offs. The lack of trust for themedia maybe why you were not allowed aboard.It just fustrates me to yet more negative press scarmongering.
1/02/2013 7:26:59 p.m.
further to a comment below I saw on tv some time ago some asian country, I think it was China, giving a live cow to a lion enclosure while people seem to be laughing. Wicked. How would they or any one supplying cows for this like that to happen to them? Good on you SAFE, Campbell Live and the reporters and anyone else bringing this to light.
1/02/2013 5:28:05 p.m.
I've been following the Australian live export trade and have been reading a lot lately about animal welfare in some overseas live export countries, and some of the worst animal cruelty practices have been in China. I read an article about the Beijing Zoo dragging a live cow through the lion enclosure whilst Chinese mums and dads looking on with their children, found it entertaining. I hate to think what will happen to those NZ dairy cows sent to China, once spent. The more vulnerable the victim, the worse the crime. Don't live export NZ, instead lead the way in animal welfare and teach Australia a thing or two.
1/02/2013 3:55:01 p.m.
Teri Kocbek wrote:
When is the Government going to align and keep abreast with community expectation.? - The consumer and ethicist majority will not tolerate an entire trade that relies on Cruelty, especially in this day and age - no matter the animal, no matter the industry we want the assurance that our nations animals are not subject to Cruelty at the hands of our Government and Industry.
1/02/2013 8:56:33 a.m.
I think if your researchers had done there job properly they would have found this is not the biggest shipment to leave NZ. The biggest was in 2005 or 2006 with 15000 heifers going to mexico on board MV Becrux
31/01/2013 11:30:31 p.m.
Du foo wrote:
Those who really worry might think about making a trip to see for themselves if there's truth about China's "animal cruelty record". Fact is NZ is not the only source and no one is forced to sell.
31/01/2013 10:41:48 p.m.
I don't like this at all. Shame on whoever is behind this. Its just horrible. I hate the way we humans treat animals.
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