Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Greens Call For Maximum Penalties For Animal Abuse

Green MP Sue Kedgley today called on the Minister of Agriculture to apply maximum penalties under the Animal Welfare Act against the Northland farmer who allowed animals on his farm to starve to death and others to feed off rotting carcasses when he had 30 large bales of hay in a shed and had built a new house.

The animals were described by Northland Federated Farmers director Bill Guest as being like survivors of a concentration camp, with pigs eating cattle that were dropping dead.

"We need to send a clear signal to farmers that allowing animals to starve to death is a clear form of animal abuse and will not be tolerated under any circumstances," Ms Kedgley said.

Ms Kedgley said she was concerned that the Ministry was still considering whether or not to prosecute Mr Johnstone.

"Farmers have a fundamental responsibility under the Animal Welfare Act to ensure their animals do not suffer and have their basic needs for food and shelter met. These responsibilities have clearly been neglected," she said.

"If animal owners don't protect their animals, they should automatically be prosecuted and should face the full weight of the law."

Ms Kedgley said the Ministry needed to be proactive on the issue, given the feed shortages being faced throughout New Zealand farms, and warned all farmers that if they allowed their animals to starve they would be automatically prosecuted under the Act.

Ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Tax Working Group’s Road Map

Trying to analyse the interim report on the Tax Working Group (TWG) is like trying to review an entire All Blacks game, but at the half- time mark.

With so much still to be finalised, Sir Michael Cullen and his colleagues are going to need all the All Blacks’ fabled finishing skills to get a coherent, fiscally neutral package together by the February 2019 deadline. More>>

 

Meth Testing Report: Housing NZ "To Right Wrong"

Phil Twyford “Housing NZ acknowledges that around 800 tenants suffered by either losing their tenancies, losing their possessions, being suspended from the public housing waiting list, negative effects on their credit ratings or, in the worst cases, being made homeless.” More>>

ALSO:

No Reshuffle: Meka Whaitiri Removed As A Minister

Meka Whaitiri will be removed as a Minister with immediate effect... The decision was made after receiving a report into an incident that occurred on 27 August in Gisborne, involving Meka Whaitiri and one of her staff. More>>

ALSO:

Pay Equity Bill: Making History For Women’s Pay

The Equal Pay Amendment Bill, introduced to the House today, will make it easier for workers to make a pay equity claim , using a more simple and accessible process within New Zealand’s existing bargaining framework. More>>

ALSO:

Suffrage 125: NZ A Trailblazer For Women

“We acknowledge the work of Kate Sheppard, Meri Te Tai Mangakāhia, and all of the suffragists who tirelessly campaigned for the vote… Today we also need to ask each other: how we can continue to make our country a fairer and better place to continue the legacy of the suffragists.” More>>

ALSO:

Asylum: Refugee Quota Increasing To 1500

“The quota increase will take place from July 2020. In the meantime, we will work to increase the number and spread of refugee resettlement and support services. We need to make sure we’re prepared for this change in policy.” More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels