Following the sinking of the Gulf Livestock 1 vessel last month where the 41 crew members have been presumed dead as well as the 5,800 cattle on board, New Zealand is cracking down on how animals are exported overseas.

The Ministry for Primary Industries will now demand more focused maritime inspections of all livestock carriers entering New Zealand waters while stocking density on vessels will be restricted to 90% of current limits.

There will also be increased requirements for voyage reporting, including daily veterinary updates.

The Gulf Livestock 1, owned by Gulf Navigation, sank in a typhoon in the East China Sea with just two crew confirmed as survivors.

In recent years, following a series of exposés into the industry, many nations have slapped significant restrictions into the livestock shipping business.

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