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

 


Blue Tick provides humane alternative to ‘factory’ pig farm


Blue Tick provides humane alternative to ‘factory’ pig farming


Consumers concerned about the treatment of animals on New Zealand pig farms can confidently buy humanely farmed pork certified by the Royal New Zealand SPCA Blue Tick programme.

Allegations on the Sunday programme last night about substandard conditions on a New Zealand pig farm are concerning but there was no indication that the problems are widespread, says RNZSPCA CEO Ric Odom.

“The Ministry for Primary Industries is primarily responsible for ensuring the welfare of farm animals and generally does a good job. But the code of welfare that the Ministry enforces is a minimum standard and we would like to see higher standards introduced.

“Our own Blue Tick programme sets the bar higher for the humane treatment of farm animals – including pigs, chickens, and turkeys – and is independently audited by AsureQuality. We work with 25 Blue Tick accredited pig farms throughout New Zealand to ensure that they continue to meet our very high standards of animal welfare, ethical farming, and food quality.

“Dry sow stalls and farrowing crates are used on many pig farms to confine female pigs during various stages of pregnancy, often for weeks at a time. The devices are so small the pigs can’t turn around or exhibit natural behaviours. This is unacceptable from an animal welfare standpoint, which is why these devices are not permitted on Blue Tick accredited farms.

“Sow stalls are being phased out and will be illegal in New Zealand after December 2015. We would like to see them gone immediately, along with farrowing crates.”

Meanwhile, the Royal New Zealand SPCA recognises that recent changes to the Animal Welfare Amendment Bill represent good progress towards a clearer and more enforceable set of animal welfare standards that will make a real difference to the SPCA’s work across the country.

“When the Bill is passed, SPCA Inspectors will have an improved set of tools at their disposal, including the ability to issue ‘infringement notices’ and ‘notices to comply’. We expect this to have a huge positive impact and act as a real deterrent to offending,” says Mr Odom.

However, the Bill stops short of fully addressing a number of other issues, including animal testing and the phasing out of some intensive farming practices.

“In our submission we called for the use of animals in research, testing, and teaching to be phased out altogether and replaced with non-animal models. We will continue to strive for a complete ban on animal testing for all purposes – including cosmetics and recreational drugs – and in the meantime insist that animal testing should only be carried out as an absolute last resort.”

The RNZSPCA is also concerned that the Bill will not bring forward the phasing out of some ‘factory farming’ methods, including battery farming of chickens and the use of farrowing crates for pigs. In some cases, a transition period of up to 15 years will be allowed.

“We would like to see these farming methods ‘gone by lunchtime’ and are disappointed that the transition period has not been shortened. Our independently audited Blue Tick programme offers the animals some hope, however, because it enables consumers to choose humanely farmed products rather than factory farmed alternatives.

“We urge New Zealanders who really care about animal welfare to ‘vote with their feet’, exercise their buying power, and make a point of buying only Blue Tick certified products,” says Mr Odom.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

InternetNZ On Snowden Docs: Mass Collection Of Pacific Data Affects Kiwi Holidaymakers

The allegation that New Zealand has conducted mass data harvesting on its Pacific Island neighbours raises concerns about New Zealanders’ communications being collected, says InternetNZ.

“If the allegations are correct, then New Zealand would be mining data about everyone in the Pacific Islands named in the allegations. That’s everyone. Not just individuals who attract specific surveillance warrants, but everyone. This means local residents to visiting Kiwi tourists could be having their data collected." More>>

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Teina Pora Wins Appeal: Gordon Campbell On The Privy Council Decision

The quashing of the convictions of Teina Pora for the rape and murder of Susan Burdett in 1992 has shone a spotlight once again on a major gap in the New Zealand justice system... More>>

ALSO:

Urgent Bill Planned: MP Pay Rises To Match Public Service

Prime Minister John Key today announced an overhaul of the Remuneration Authority Act, tying MP salaries to those of the wider public sector, which will be passed under urgency. More>>

ALSO:

PM's Press Conference: MP Pay Rises, Solid Energy, Iraq

Prime Minister John Key answered questions in his Post-Cabinet press conference about the Iraq deployment, Solid Energy and National’s decision to overhaul the Remuneration Authority Act. More>>

ALSO:

Worksafe: MSD Charged Over Work And Income Ashburton Shooting

WorkSafe NZ has laid one charge against the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) in relation to the shooting at the MSD Ashburton office on 1 September 2014 in which two Work and Income staff were killed and another was injured. More>>

ALSO:

Iraq: Ex-Hostage Says Government Not Putting NZers, Iraqis First

Harmeet Singh Sooden is travelling to Iraq in the coming weeks to work with Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) on a short-term assignment. More>>

ALSO:

Joint Statement: Australia-New Zealand Leaders’ Meeting

Prime Minister Key warmly welcomed Prime Minister Abbott and Mrs Abbott to New Zealand. The visit has enabled wide-ranging and substantive discussion that has underlined the strength, value, diversity and warmth of our trans-Tasman relationship. More>>

ALSO:

Press Conference: Peters To Stand In Northland By-Election

New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters has announced his intention to stand in the Northland by-election, citing his own links to the electorate and ongoing neglect of the region by central government. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news