New Zealanders Oppose Plans To Resume Live Sheep Trade
The New Zealand government has disclosed that it is close to reaching an agreement with Saudi Arabia to resume the export of live sheep for slaughter. This announcement comes despite survey results showing that only 26% of New Zealanders support resuming the country’s live sheep trade.
In 2006, Australia, the world’s largest exporter of sheep for slaughter exported more than four million sheep to the Middle East. Almost 37,000 of these animals died during transport from causes including pneumonia, salmonellosis and starvation, according to a representative of the World Society for the Protection of Animals.