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

 


Pork Industry And MPI Caught Out Again

Pork Industry And MPI Caught Out Again

Pig farming is once again in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons, says animal charity SAFE. New footage, shot on a New Zealand pig farm investigated previously, shows horrific living conditions and shocking cruelty.

Tonight's Sunday programme showed the pork industry and MPI struggling to explain themselves, or take responsibility, failing both the animals and consumers.

The farm was first investigated in March 2013 by activist group Farmwatch. They provided SAFE with footage of young pigs in severely overcrowded conditions, sows in farrowing crates barely able to move and a dead pig left to rot in a pen. SAFE immediately made a complaint to the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) who found significant non-compliance with the pig welfare code but gave the farm the all-clear after improvements were made.

In April this year Farmwatch investigators revisited the farm and unbelievably, they found that conditions were even worse.
This time, they discovered more squalid conditions, a sow in a farrowing crate so tight that her newborn piglets were squashed to death, with others dying next to their helpless mother. They also found faeces-covered pigs in overcrowded pens, dozens of rats running over the pigs and another dead pig.

“We are horrified that, despite our earlier complaint, this farm was allowed to keep the animals in these appalling conditions,” says head of campaigns Mandy Carter. “MPI clearly cannot be trusted to enforce animal welfare legislation. They have an obvious conflict of interest. They are there to protect the farmers and animal welfare is not taken seriously enough.”

In 2009, a campaign led by SAFE featuring comedian and ex-pork industry spokesperson Mike King uncovered the cruelty inherent on pig factory farms. The outcry that followed led to a ban on sow stalls. Now the new exposé shows that pigs continue to suffer and that the animals’ welfare is ignored by NZPork and MPI alike.

“We want this hellhole of a farm closed down immediately, and farrowing crates banned. SAFE also calls on the public to show their disgust by shunning all pork. It is the only way to force this cruel industry to change,” says Ms Carter.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Spy Update: Appointment Of GCSB Acting Director

GCSB Chief Legal Advisor Lisa Fong will become the Acting Director of the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) from 15 February 2016, Minister Responsible for the GCSB Christopher Finlayson announced today. More>>

Protests Close Roads: TPP Signed In Auckland

“TPP was signed by Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States and Viet Nam.” More>>

ALSO:

Emails Behind 'Diplomatic Immunity' Case: Whitehead Report Released

“As previously indicated the conclusions reached by Mr Whitehead’s investigation are not unexpected but they are very disappointing,” Mr Mccully says. “At the heart of the matter is a single email, along with procedural shortcomings, which gave Malaysian officials the impression it would be acceptable for Mr Rizalman to return to Malaysia." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Treaty/TPP Overlap, And Iowa

The fears about the ISDS provisions in the Trans Pacific Partnership deal are well-founded. The reality is that there is a sharp uptick in the occurrence of ISDS litigation in developed countries, and even the right wing likes of The Economist have been souring on the process for some time. More>>

ALSO:

Christchurch Red Zone Offers: Fresh High Court Proceedings

Grant Cameron, Solicitor for the Quake Outcasts said “the action seeks judicial review of the Crown’s recent decision to make a fresh offer to purchase properties from uninsured property owners in red zones. More>>

ALSO:

PM's Post-Cabinet Press Conference: Waitangi And TPP

Prime Minister John Key on Tuesday said his office has received an invitation for him to visit the Lower Marae on Waitangi Day, but was waiting for a meeting of the Te Tii Marae Trustees. More>>

ALSO:

Flagged: 'Wrong Colour' Bridge Flag To Change

NZ First: Only 13 days after National trumpeted its legally questionable flag on Auckland Harbour Bridge, it is now coming down because it is the wrong colour... “Mr Key’s latest flag fiasco is another waste of taxpayers' money. Given it is coming down, down is exactly the location where it should remain. More>>

ALSO:

School's In: Children Head Back To School

“Across the whole of this year we expect 61,820 five year olds will begin their primary schooling for the first time,” says the Ministry of Education head of sector enablement and support Katrina Casey. More>>

ALSO:

Dog & Lemon: FBI Disagrees With NZ Government Over Police Chases

Multiple studies, quoted by the FBI, show that once suspects realise they're no longer being chased; they tend to slow down to normal driving speeds and therefore become far less of a risk. The FBI report also categorically rejected the argument that abandoning police chases meant ‘giving in’ to offenders. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news