Otago Daily Times

New rules for live ex­ports

- Wellington, New Zealand · Quezon City · East China · China · New Zealand

Welling­ton: Rules gov­ern­ing the ex­port of live an­i­mals by ship will be tough­ened up by the Min­istry for Pri­mary In­dus­tries.

This fol­lows the re­lease of a re­port writ­ten for the min­istry by Mike Heron QC.

That re­port was com­mis­sioned after Gulf Live­stock 1 sank in the East China Sea.

Forty­three crew, in­clud­ing two New Zealan­ders, were lost, as were nearly 6000 head of cat­tle.

All live ship­ments were banned after that event, pend­ing the in­quiry.

The min­istry says there will now be ex­tra re­quire­ments on ex­porters.

Th­ese in­clude fo­cused mar­itime in­spec­tions of all live­stock car­rier ships en­ter­ing New Zealand wa­ters.

They also in­clude re­strict­ing stock­ing den­sity on ves­sels to 90% of cur­rent lim­its. — RNZ

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