Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Pork Products Removed From Supermarket Shelves


Tuesday, 6 November 2001
For Immediate Release

Pork Products Removed From Supermarket Shelves

Many Hamilton inner city supermarkets have found their pork products removed, re – labelled with “made with cruelty on a factory farm” and “Sow crates are torture. Boycott Pork” stickers and replaced in different areas of the store.

This is one of many expected actions aimed at raising public awareness of the conditions suffered by factory-farmed pigs following the opening of the submission period on dry sow stalls, which began November 1st.

Actions of this kind are expected to escalate over the following six week period of submissions. Hamilton Animal Rights Defence supports these actions in light of the cruel methods of animal imprisonment applied in factory farms.

The pork industry’s use of the sow crate, a tiny metal cage in which pregnant sows are kept for three to four months of their pregnancy, has long been a controversial issue. Despite previous promises to phase out the sow crate by 2012, the Pork board recently reneged on their promise, opting to keep them in for a shorter period of time (1 month) which would be entirely impossible to police.

“This is unacceptable. The sows are unable to turn around, and can only take one step forward or back. Any length of time in such a crate is cruel. The sow crate must be banned completely.” says Michael Wise of Hamilton Animal Rights Defence, “If a dog was kept in these kinds of conditions they would arrest the owner for cruelty, yet they do it to pigs”

Hamilton Animal Rights Defence is against the methods of factory farming, stating that they deny animals the freedom to express their natural behaviour patterns, as stipulated in the Animal Welfare Act (1999).

Postcard submissions and information on how to write a full submission to the Government are available from RSPCA and The Body Shop on Ward Street and a replica sow and crate are on display in town up to three days a week.

Hamilton Animal Rights Defense will be hanging “Factory farming is cruelty” banners from Claudelands bridge, Bridge street bridge, and Fairfield bride between 4:30 pm and 5:30 pm this Thursday (8 November).

End of press release

For more information, contact:

Hamilton Animal Rights Defense – Michael Wise - 021 176 0860

Or visit:

www.pigs.rnzspca.org.nz

Supermarkets targeted were:

Pak’n’Save, Mill St. Hamilton – (07) 839 7870

Big Fresh, Hamilton – (07) 834 1490

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Corrections Corrected: Supreme Court Rules On Release Dates

Corrections has always followed the lawful rulings of the Court in its calculation of sentence release dates. On four previous occasions, the Court of Appeal had upheld Corrections’ practices in calculating pre-sentence detention. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news