SPCA New Zealand
Advice & welfare

Saleyards

SPCA advocates for the animals to travel directly from farm-to-farm or from farm-to-slaughterhouse, as opposed to the use of saleyards.

Saleyards such as live auction systems or markets impose additional loading and unloading requirements, an unsuitable environment, and restricted access to feed and water. The use of saleyards to sell animals creates negative impacts to animal welfare because of the additional handling, exposure to other animals, and unfamiliar environment.

SPCA advocates that the farming industry could successfully operate, and with less animal welfare compromise and transmission of disease, if saleyards were no longer used. SPCA supports the use of modern technology, such as online livestock sales, in order to avoid using saleyards for selling livestock.

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