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

 


Animal Limb Find Highlights Biosecurity Weakness

Richard Prosser MP
Spokesperson for Biosecurity

20 June 2013

Animal Limb Find Highlights Biosecurity Weakness

New Zealand First says the discovery of part of an animal limb in a shipment of Palm Kernel extract from Asia shows the Government's “hands off" approach to biosecurity is failing.

Biosecurity spokesperson Richard Prosser said the partial limb, most likely from a goat or deer, which was discovered by a Hawke's Bay farmer, could harbour all manner of diseases, and in all likelihood probably did.

"This incident highlights everything that's wrong with the Government's lax approach to Biosecurity," said Mr Prosser.

"We don't know exactly what type of animal this is, we don't know how it got into the shipment, and we don't even know which country it's from.

"If the farmer hadn't reported it we wouldn't even know it was here, until we had an outbreak of some disease, and even then we wouldn't be able to trace the source.

"The Government is ignoring essential biosecurity in the interests of not upsetting international trade deals. It's a disgrace and an absolute shambles.

“Questions need to be asked about why the entire shipment was not recalled."

Mr Prosser pointed out that some countries New Zealand imports from only pay lip service to inspections and hygiene, and this means extra vigilance is needed.

"New Zealand First is urging the Government to give biosecurity the priority and resourcing it needs to protect our economy which depends on agriculture.

"The health of our farms and the protection of our economy is more important than the legalese of some trade agreement or another," said Mr Prosser.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On The Kim Regime

During the Cuban Missile Crisis, the US had a very clear objective and eventually offered a quid pro quo of the removal of some of its own missiles from Turkey. This time, there’s no clarity about what the US is seeking, or offering.

It hasn’t helped that the US and the global media consistently agree on calling North Korea and its leadership “crazy” and “irrational” and urging it to “come to its senses”. When you treat your opponent as being beyond reason, it gets hard to comprehend what their strategy is, let alone work out the terms of a viable compromise. More>>

 

Recovery: Economic Impact Of Kaikōura Quake Revealed

The report details the impact on small businesses and tourism caused by disruptions to transport infrastructure and the economic impacts... The impact on New Zealand’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) over the first 18 months following the earthquake has been estimated at $450-$500 million. More>>

ALSO:

Human Rights Commission: Urgent Need For Action On Seclusion And Restraint

Chief Human Rights Commissioner David Rutherford says that while the report makes for sobering reading, the focus should now be on how the recommendations can be used to reduce the occurrence of seclusion and restraint in New Zealand and, in circumstances where it is necessary, to improve practices. More>>

ALSO:

CORRECTIONS (March 2017):

SCHOOL SECLUSION ROOMS (2016):

$11bn Capital Spend, New Debt Target: Steven Joyce On Budget Priorities

First, delivering better public services for a growing country – providing all New Zealanders with the opportunity to lead successful independent lives... And finally, we remain committed to reducing the tax burden and in particular the impact of marginal tax rates on lower and middle income earners, when we have the room to do so. More>>

ALSO:

JustSpeak Report: Bail Changes To Blame For New Billion Dollar Prison

In 2013 criminal justice spending was falling and the Government was mulling over what to spend the money on. 3 years later there are 10,000 people in prison and a new billion dollar prison is announced. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news