What's the real issue with live exports?
New Zealand's Minister for Agriculture recently announced a ban on live cattle exports by sea, with a two-year period to phase out the trade.
Unsurprisingly, and mirroring the usual polarized views regarding the use of animals, you'll find the usual groups applauding the announcement, and others decrying it.
It's not the first time that clashes of opinion regarding live exports of animals have been the topical point of discussion for politicians, media, and all those with animal welfare interests...more >>
There are those that talk about "sentience" and law that recognises animals as "sentient", as if it was something new. Actually, it's not. In fact, 200 years ago the law recognised animals as sentient when it criminalised people's actions that resulted in animals unnecessarily "feeling or experiencing" (which is the definition of sentience) pain, distress or suffering.
So "animal sentience" is IMPLICIT in law wherever there is any kind of animal protection/anti-cruelty law. ...more >>
A croc farm has been designed to supply skins to make handbags and shoes would be one of the biggest in Australia under plan approved by Australia's Northern Territory government. The venture has attracted the attention of animal welfare groups.