Consider people’s wants
For the last few days, New Zealand has been talking about the ethics of livestock exports, but from what I see one important point is being left out. Muslim countries don't and won't buy cut meat from non-Muslim countries.
In the 2000's, this cost millions of dollars to Turkish exporters who didn't understand the sensitivities of the Turkish public. At that time, to help the Turkish public get access to cheaper meat, some exporters made a deal with Argentina involving high quality Angus meat.
That meat ended up in the market for a quarter of the price of Turkish products. And most of it became animal food or ended up in the rubbish. Back then, very few people had understood why the target population wasn't buying this superb meat. I learned the answer a few years later when I was talking to a Muslim friend.
She said: “Who knows whether those animals were halal or not . . .” (The killing of the animal has to be done in a specific way and in general, the public don't trust the meat that comes from other countries).
So when you are asking the question as to whether New Zealand should sell livestock or not, you should also take into consideration that the Middle East countries would want livestock. (Remember the scandal of the sheep export to Saudi Arabia which ended up with a ban. And don't forget that New Zealand used to sell 500,000 sheep per year to Saudi Arabia in the 80's).
Meat companies don't welcome live animal trade, they see it as a competitor, but to me, this shows how little they understand the countries they want to do business with.