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September 03, 2020 -

Why were 6000 cattle at sea?

Why were 6000 cattle at sea?
Enslaved cow File Image: (c) Photabulous!

Questions are being asked after a ship carrying close to 6000 cattle and 43 crew members was reported missing off the coast of Japan on Wednesday.

Two New Zealanders are believed to be aboard. The ship, Gulf Livestock 1, left Napier on August 14, bound for Tangshan, China. It reportedly sent a distress signal from waters about 185 kilometres off the coast of Amami Oshima Island, in southwestern Japan, on Wednesday morning.

While animal rights group Safe says the incident raises questions about why New Zealand continues to export live animals, others are wondering why 6000 cattle were at sea in the first place. Live animal exports bring in around $300 million a year and are an important part of our trading economy, as well as a source of income for rural communities, according to the Ministry for Primary Industries.


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