An iconic New Zealand park, known and loved by locals and visitors for its roaming farm animals recently announced its pride in taking part in an ‘overseas breeding programme’, using the resident cattle. Cornwall Park in Auckland painted a bright future as it took to social media to announce the partnership – only to immediately face outrage from animal rights activists, who saw through the pretty words and wasted no time in informing the public of their true meaning.
Following the heartbreaking capsize and sinking of the Gulf 1 live export ship carrrying around 6000 animals in September 2020, live export was suspended in New Zealand – with the exception of breeding stock. As part of the ‘breeding program’, this clause meant Cornwall Park could legally ship their beautiful bovine residents to Mongolia.
Fortunately for the cows, the public outcry which ensued created enough national and international media attention to have the Cornwall Park Trust Board review the decision made and this and all future decisions to export.
“The Trust has decided cows from Cornwall Park will no longer be part of any overseas-based breeding programmes,” park director Michael Ayrton said.
Continued efforts are still being made by animal rights organisations all over the country to end ALL live export in New Zealand. To help bring a stop to this barbaric and needless practice, learn more here.