Campaign Resources

Here you can access and download all our resources for promoting our campaigns yourself!

Live Export Ban

How to Use Email Templates to Correspond Effectively with your MP
  • Make it Yours: Add your own touch! Templates give you a head start, but personalise it with your thoughts as sometimes a templated email is ignored. 

  • Ring Ring! Sometimes, Talk is Better: For big issues or a good chat, consider calling or setting up a meeting with your MP for a proper conversation.

  • Don’t Forget Basics: Include your full name and address when emailing. It helps MPs recognise you’re a constituent and increases the chance of a response.

  • Ping! Ping! Follow Up: If you don’t hear back, send a friendly reminder. Sometimes emails get lost, so a gentle nudge can help your message get noticed.

Subject: Are you on the right side of history?

Kia ora [MP’s Name],

I am writing to you today to express my strong opposition to the potential reinstatement of live animal exports from New Zealand. This decision not only poses significant risks to animal welfare but also threatens to undermine our nation’s reputation and economic success.

As you are aware, the ban on live export plays a crucial role in upholding New Zealand’s image as a clean, green country with high animal welfare standards. Our commitment to ethical practices is worth billions to our economy and has influenced global trade agreements. Reversing this ban could have severe economic and diplomatic repercussions, jeopardising the progress we’ve made in international relations.

The minimal contribution of live exports to our economy, constituting only 0.6 percent of primary sector exports, pales in comparison to the potential damage to our reputation if the ban is overturned

Recent events, including the sinking of the Gulf Livestock I, the stranding of over 15,000 sheep and cattle off the coast of West Australia, the foul odour in Cape Town caused by a live export vessel, and distressing footage of live export voyages, underscore the inherent dangers and inhumanities associated with this practice. Despite attempts to enhance shipping conditions, the fundamental issues persist unresolved. Animals experience considerable suffering during lengthy journeys, enduring injuries, stress, and dehydration that cannot be effectively mitigated through ship upgrades. These problems stem from the inability to shorten the duration of the journeys.

Once animals arrive at their destination, they fall outside the protective umbrella of New Zealand’s Animal Welfare Act, exposing them to suffering in unregulated environments. Reinstating live exports to countries with low animal welfare standards, such as China, compromises our farmers’ reputations and our global image as leaders in animal welfare.

This isn’t just about politics or economics; it’s about morality and humanity. It’s about standing on the right side of history and refusing to compromise our values

As a constituent in your region I am keen to know your thoughts on this matter, including how you potentially intend to vote should this come up this term.

Ngā mihi maioha,
[Name]

How to Use Email Templates to Correspond Effectively with Recipients
  • Make it Yours: Add your own touch! Templates give you a head start, but personalise it with your thoughts as sometimes a templated email is ignored. 
  • Ring Ring! Sometimes, Talk is Better: For big issues or a good chat, consider calling or setting up a meeting with people.
  • Don’t Forget Basics: Include your full name and address when emailing. If emailing a MP, it helps them recognise you’re a constituent and increases the chance of a response.
  • Ping! Ping! Follow Up: If you don’t hear back, send a friendly reminder. Sometimes emails get lost, so a gentle nudge can help your message get noticed.

Subject: Potential reinstatement of live animal exports

Tauranga Port
Timaru Port

Kia ora, 

I am writing to address concerns surrounding the potential reinstatement of live animal exports through [Port Name]. This issue holds significant implications not only for shareholders and stakeholders but also for the wider community.

It is crucial to consider the ethical and reputational risks.

It is not hard to find examples of the devastation caused by this trade. Recent incidents, such as the tragic sinking of the Gulf Livestock 1 in the East China Sea which sailed from Napier, serve as poignant reminders of the risks involved in live animal exports. The loss of human lives and New Zealand cattle in this incident highlights the gravity of the situation. 

Ongoing tragedies with live animal exports in other regions further highlight the inherent risks and uncertainties associated with this industry and the negative global attention to the Ports. Examples include the MV Bahijah, with more than 15,000 sheep and cattle stranded off the coast of West Australia, creating a PR nightmare for the port of Fremantle and a literal nightmare for the animals. While in Cape Town a stench impacting the town was discovered to come from a livestock ship docked in the harbour. 

It is important that you carefully consider the potential consequences of reinstating live exports. While improvements to shipping standards may be touted as addressing some concerns, it is essential to recognise that fundamental issues remain unresolved. Long-distance journeys inherently expose animals to various forms of distress and suffering, which cannot be mitigated through improved shipping conditions.

I’d love to learn your perspective and insights on how we can uphold the integrity and reputation of [Port Name] and ensure the welfare of animals and the well-being of our community. 

Ngā mihi maioha,
[Name]

SailGP

How to Use Email Templates to Correspond Effectively with Recipients
  • Make it Yours: Add your own touch! Templates give you a head start, but personalise it with your thoughts as sometimes a templated email is ignored. 
  • Ring Ring! Sometimes, Talk is Better: For big issues or a good chat, consider calling or setting up a meeting with people.
  • Don’t Forget Basics: Include your full name and address when emailing. If emailing a MP, it helps them recognise you’re a constituent and increases the chance of a response.
  • Ping! Ping! Follow Up: If you don’t hear back, send a friendly reminder. Sometimes emails get lost, so a gentle nudge can help your message get noticed.
Subject: Urgent Action Needed: Protect Our Hector’s Dolphins from SailGP

 

Kia ora,

I am writing to you today with great concern regarding the upcoming SailGP event scheduled to take place in Ōtautahi/Christchurch. As we prepare for this race, we must address the serious risks it poses to our precious marine life, particularly the endangered Hector’s dolphins.

New Zealand’s Hector’s dolphins, found nowhere else globally, were once abundant but are now classified as Endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Last year’s race in Lyttelton Harbour/Whakaraupō demonstrated clear deficiencies in protecting our taonga. Despite instructions to cease racing when dolphins were detected, these instructions were ignored, potentially putting these vulnerable animals in harm’s way.

The recent release of the Marine Mammal Management Plan (MMMP), which was only made available on 14 March, a mere 9 days before the race begins provides scant time for the necessary pre-training briefings and feedback. Furthermore, the plan has an absence of crucial measures such as underwater acoustic detectors and seems vague on the consequences should similar incidents occur this year.

We question the suitability of the race location and the date given the calving season for Upokohue/Hector’s dolphins is between October and March. The collision risks between the fast-moving boats and these nationally vulnerable animals are simply too high to ignore. We should not allow economic interests to take precedence over the well-being of our endangered species and ecosystems.

We urge you to reconsider the future conditions of the SailGP. This could include moving the date to later in the year to ensure fewer dolphins are exposed during peak calving season or moving to another location. 

Our dolphins deserve better. New Zealand’s reputation is at risk. Please reconsider this activity and protect them and their habitat from unnecessary harm.

Ngā mihi,