Kristin Lajeunesse, a vegan travel blogger, was left in tears at the sight of sheep on an Interislander ferry. She uploaded her reaction in a video on Facebook.
Farming groups, the trucking firm and Kiwi Rail had no problem with the practice.
“I came to the back of the boat because I thought it would be, you know, beautiful” Lajeunesse said at the beginning of the video.
As she ventured outside, she was caught off guard by a truck filled with live sheep.
“I’m sorry,” she said to the sheep. “I just feel so helpless.”