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

 

SAFE calling for farming industry to protect whistle-blowers


15 August 2018 | MEDIA RELEASE

SAFE calling for farming industry to protect whistle-blowers following death-threats

Animal advocacy group SAFE is calling for farming groups to develop whistle-blower programmes, after revelations workers are receiving death threats for reporting abuse.

The comment was made by SAFE CEO, Debra Ashton, in a speech to industry figures and the Associate Minister of Agriculture, Hon Meka Whaitiri, at an MPI animal welfare forum in Wellington today.

SAFE has received 15 complaints from whistle-blowers in the past two months. A third of those had already complained to the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), but approached SAFE because their complaints were not acted on.

Debra Ashton says whistle-blowers are vital to preventing animal abuse on farms, but they need to be supported when they come forward.

Whistle blowers have received death threats from farmers as a result of contacting MPI,” she says.

“Whistle-blowers are heroes. If it wasn’t for them, we wouldn’t know half of what’s going on. However, what we’re hearing from people is they run the risk of losing their jobs, or could face threats from their employers, if they go to MPI.”

SAFE has approached Fonterra and Dairy NZ suggesting they set up systems for whistle-blowers to come to them directly, and to offer them support when they do.

However, both groups failed to respond.

Along with industry whistle-blower programmes, SAFE is also calling for the government to establish an independent agency for animal welfare, with regulatory and enforcement powers.

“Not only do we need industry to come onboard with whistle-blower programmes, but they need to support our call for a new agency for animals.”

“If the farming community wants New Zealand to be world leaders in animal welfare, they must provide effective ways for people to report abuse, and also support SAFE’s call for a well-resourced independent body for animals.”


ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Tax Working Group’s Road Map

Trying to analyse the interim report on the Tax Working Group (TWG) is like trying to review an entire All Blacks game, but at the half- time mark.

With so much still to be finalised, Sir Michael Cullen and his colleagues are going to need all the All Blacks’ fabled finishing skills to get a coherent, fiscally neutral package together by the February 2019 deadline. More>>

 

Meth Testing Report: Housing NZ "To Right Wrong"

Phil Twyford “Housing NZ acknowledges that around 800 tenants suffered by either losing their tenancies, losing their possessions, being suspended from the public housing waiting list, negative effects on their credit ratings or, in the worst cases, being made homeless.” More>>

ALSO:

No Reshuffle: Meka Whaitiri Removed As A Minister

Meka Whaitiri will be removed as a Minister with immediate effect... The decision was made after receiving a report into an incident that occurred on 27 August in Gisborne, involving Meka Whaitiri and one of her staff. More>>

ALSO:

Pay Equity Bill: Making History For Women’s Pay

The Equal Pay Amendment Bill, introduced to the House today, will make it easier for workers to make a pay equity claim , using a more simple and accessible process within New Zealand’s existing bargaining framework. More>>

ALSO:

Suffrage 125: NZ A Trailblazer For Women

“We acknowledge the work of Kate Sheppard, Meri Te Tai Mangakāhia, and all of the suffragists who tirelessly campaigned for the vote… Today we also need to ask each other: how we can continue to make our country a fairer and better place to continue the legacy of the suffragists.” More>>

ALSO:

Asylum: Refugee Quota Increasing To 1500

“The quota increase will take place from July 2020. In the meantime, we will work to increase the number and spread of refugee resettlement and support services. We need to make sure we’re prepared for this change in policy.” More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels