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

 

Animal welfare in rodeo practices report released

15 October 2018

The National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (NAWAC), the independent committee that advises the Minister responsible for Animal Welfare, has today released a report on animal welfare in rodeos, together with advice to the Minister making recommendations to improve the welfare of the animals in rodeos.

The report entitled ‘Rodeo events – How do they impact the sentient animal?’ was commissioned in March by the then Minister responsible for Animal Welfare to advise on animal welfare within rodeos, the use of specific equipment and techniques, and the use of calves. NAWAC utilised an expert panel and a structured assessment process to evaluate the animal welfare impacts of the seven rodeo events as listed in its existing code of welfare for rodeos.

NAWAC Chair Dr Gwyneth Verkerk says positive changes are expected to be introduced over the 2018-2019 rodeo season as a result of the discussions held while developing this report and communicating the recommendations to the New Zealand Rodeo Cowboys Association (NZRCA).

“One significant recommendation in the report is for the establishment of a new rodeo animal welfare committee that would see key stakeholders, inside and outside the rodeo community, collaborating to improve the welfare of the animals in rodeos. This would cover monitoring and record-keeping of the use of animals; modifications to aspects such as equipment use; and ensuring the appropriate weights of animals in some events.” Consideration will also be given to research examining longer-term impacts of rodeo events on the animals.

Animal use in rodeos is regulated by the Animal Welfare Act 1999, the code of welfare for rodeos, and the new Animal Welfare Care and Procedures Regulations (2018), which came into force on 1 October 2018.

“It is essential that rodeo operators and participants follow the code and regulations, but there needs to be continuous improvements” says Dr Verkerk.

“We’ve seen constructive conversations between the various stakeholders during the development of this report, and the proposed committee will support continued progress in the way animals are cared for,” says Dr Verkerk.

NAWAC will continue to encourage implementation of the recommendations, and will take note of progress as the proposed committee is established and welfare-focused practices are adopted into the future.

To view the report, visit NAWAC at MPI’s website: mpi.govt.nz/protection-and-response/animal-welfare/national-animal-welfare-advisory-committee/

See also www.mpi.govt.nz/animalregs

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Malaysia Exposing Our Dodgy Policies On China

Last week, we all owed a vote of thanks to Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad for breaking with protocol during his bilateral meeting in Singapore with New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern. Reportedly, Mahathir used the photo opportunity phase of the meeting – which usually involves just an exchange of smiles and pleasantries before the media is sent out of the room – to launch into matters of genuine substance.

By doing so, Mahathir usefully exposed how New Zealand is trying to make a virtue out of sitting on the fence over the South China Sea dispute. More>>

 

Joint Statement: Chile President's NZ Visit

At the invitation of the Right Honourable Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand, His Excellency the President of the Republic of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, undertook a State Visit to New Zealand on 19 November 2018... More>>

ALSO:

Climate Change: Top Academics Call On Government To Take Action

One hundred and fifty academics and researchers from around Aotearoa, including Dame Anne Salmond, Emeriti Professors and several Fellows of the Royal Society, have signed a strongly-worded open letter to the Government demanding bold and urgent action to tackle climate change. More>>

ALSO:

Teacher Qualifications, Class Sizes: Ten Year Plan For Early Learning

“Moving towards 100 percent qualified teachers in early childhood education centres and improving adult:child ratios are among some of the key proposals for change put forward by the sector and experts in the new draft ten year strategic plan for early learning,” Chris Hipkins said. More>>

ALSO:

Teacher Strikes: Meeting, March And Rally In Wellington

Throughout the Wellington region the NZEI rolling strikes entered their final day Friday. Thousands of teachers met in Wellington, Kapiti, Porirua and the Wairarapa. More>>

ALSO:

14/11: Two Years’ Progress Since The Kaikoura Earthquake

Mayor John Leggett said it was a day for reflection, but also a time to recognise the work by many people to support progress towards recovery made across Marlborough since November 2016. More>>

ALSO:

Pike River: Mine Drift Re-Entry Plan To Proceed

“I’ve decided the Te Kāhui Whakamana Rua Tekau Mā Iwa - Pike River Recovery Agency, recommended course of action to enter the drift, using the existing access tunnel, is by far the safest option,” said Andrew Little. More>>

ALSO:

Appointments: New High Commissioner To Australia Announced

“Dame Annette King needs no introduction given her long running career as a parliamentarian where she has previously held a number senior Cabinet portfolios, including Justice, Police and Health. She also was Parliament’s longest serving female MP with 30 years’ service,” said Mr Peters. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels