Over the last 20 years, more than 118,000 cattle have been loaded on to ships and sent from New Zealand to Asian countries (mostly China), for breeding purposes. For years, there have been powerful protests against forcing animals to endure such a journey. Then last year, an export ship bound for China capsized, killing nearly 6,000 cows and 41 of the 43 crew members. This caused to New Zealand government to take a long hard look at the industry, and now they have made the decision to ban the practice altogether.
Unfortunately, New Zealand's closest neighbor, Australia, is still exporting live animals to China and other countries. It's time to lay pressure on them. If you'd like to get involved, one group leading the charge is RSPCA Australia.