Letter From Jenny Moxham: Shipwreck Misery
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Letter From Jenny Moxham as published on New Zealand Herald

September 7, 2020

Shipwreck misery

What an unimaginably terrifying and painful death for the 6000 New Zealand dairy cows who drowned when the Gulf Livestock 1 sank in a typhoon near Japan.

Trapped in their metal prison, their frantic attempts to escape would have been hopeless. But there would never have been a happy ending for these hapless females viewed solely as “breeding stock”. They would have likely spent their lives inside grim sheds and forced to give birth year after year.

Their beloved calves would have been repeatedly taken from them and when they were deemed “old” they would likely have met a hideously cruel death because animal-welfare laws are non-existent in China. Live export, whether for slaughter or breeding, will always inevitably result in massive animal suffering.

Jenny Moxham
Monbulk, Victoria

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