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


Chickens next weapons of Œmass destruction¹?

Chickens next weapons of Œmass destruction¹?

"Recent media reports that New Zealanders are falling ill after eating chicken comes as no surprise", says Hans Kriek, Campaign Director of SAFE, New Zealand¹s largest animal rights organisation.

"In New Zealand, we cram millions of chickens inside barren automated sheds, make them walk, feed and rest in their own excrement for their entire lives, and wonder why they carry disease? To make matters worse we also routinely feed them antibiotic growth promotants. These chickens, once eaten, have the potential to cause resistance to antibiotics in humans, something of major concern to the medical profession. A 2002 Christchurch supermarket survey found twenty five percent of fresh chicken to be contaminated with campylobacter on the outside of the packaging. Supermarket trolleys must now be viewed quite literally as carriers ‹ carriers of a potentially deadly disease that is", says Mr Kriek.

"The New Zealand Poultry Industry produces 1.5 million chickens per week. If the Christchurch research is anything to go by, then close to four hundred thousand chickens contaminated with campylobacter are sold to unsuspecting consumers every single week! Why is this irresponsible industry not held to account for producing these chickens of Œmass destruction¹?"

"We also have to thank NAWAC (The National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee) for the fact that these disease-ridden chickens will be with us for decades to come. It was this committee that, despite strong opposition, decided that New Zealand¹s meat chickens could continue to be farmed under extremely unnatural, overcrowded and cruel conditions."

SAFE is now calling on the Minister of Agriculture, Jim Sutton, to put public safety and the welfare of animals before corporate greed by ending all intensive farming of chickens.

"As a nation we are told to wash our hands after handling our disease- spreading chicken dinner. The time has now come to wash our hands of this cruel and unhealthy farming system altogether."

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>


Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>


Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>


Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>


With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news