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Winston To The Rescue Of Man's Best Friend

Media Release

13 May 2000


WINSTON TO THE RESCUE OF MAN’S BEST FRIEND

New Zealand First Leader and Tauranga MP, Rt Hon Winston Peters, is mounting a campaign to prevent the export of New Zealand dogs to some Asian countries where they are slaughtered and eaten.

Mr Peters said that he has heard disturbing reports from a number of countries about how dogs are savagely tortured by “butchers” before being killed.

“Atrocities are carried out on the dogs by these sadists in order to release more adrenaline in the dogs’ bodies thereby creating a more potent and flavoured meat.

“This abused flesh is highly valued as an aphrodisiac by these ghouls.”

Mr Peters said that there is a legitimate and valued trade in many breeds of dogs for their showing and breeding qualities and he said that this practice should continue.

“However, the opportunity exists for unscrupulous overseas agencies and individuals to ship our dogs offshore for human consumption and this must be prevented.

“Humans have a special relationship with dogs and in many households the dog is regarded as part of the family.

“Dogs are not only used by the blind, but also by people with other disabilities and in some cases medical staff encourage their patients to have a dog to help with rehabilitation.

“Dogs are also valued members of our police force, the military, and border control teams. They prevent drugs coming into the country, and they track down lost children.

“One of the great breeds used to help humanity is the Saint Bernard, traditionally used to help mountaineers in the Alps of Europe.

“Unfortunately, this noble breed is being targeted by some Asian dog farmers because they regard it as a perfect animal for meat production and all New Zealanders involved with these dogs should be made aware of this.”

Mr Peters acknowledged that the sale of dog meat is illegal in many countries but pointed out that some authorities in Asia turn a blind eye to the law, claiming that dog meat is a cultural right.

“Here in New Zealand, a number of breeders have been approached by individuals talking about establishing puppy farms and this causes me a great deal of alarm.”

Mr Peters said that legislation may be required, by way of a Private Member’s bill, to ban the export of dogs, except for legitimate purposes, and said he will consult dog interest groups, the New Zealand Kennel Club and the SPCA about this.

“At present a dog cannot leave New Zealand without a MAF export certificate but this obviously does not totally guarantee the safety of the animal and its ultimate fate,” said Mr Peters.

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