What happens now?
It’s important to note, that while this ruling is worthy of celebration, the live export of cattle from Brazil has not stopped. Because of the nature of this judgement — in that it has significant economic and political impacts — it now must go through a review and analysis by the Federal Regional Court. If it is then determined to be legally compliant, only then will the live export of cattle by sea from Brazil cease. This will have an instant effect.
After the review process, the Brazilian government can appeal the decision. During the appeal process, animals can not be exported and this will only happen should the appeal be successful, ie. the appeal court rules that the judgement should be overturned.
Unfortunately we don’t know how long the review/analysis process or any possible appeal process may take — however we are in regular contact with our colleagues in Brazil and will provide updates as they come to hand.
For now — we welcome this ruling, and especially the message that has been sent by this Federal judge who has used some of the most powerful language that we have heard from someone in his position to condemn the trade in live animals.
This ruling comes as caring people everywhere celebrated world-first legislation banning live animal exports by sea from New Zealand coming into effect from the first of May. This, along with the fact that the Australian Labor Government has committed to phasing-out live sheep exports will no doubt mean that the global animal export industry is starting to finally see the writing on the wall: treating living, feeling animals like ‘cargo’ is never ethical — and live animal export is a dying trade.