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


Don't Be in the Dark, Say Animal Welfare Advocates

1 August 2013

Don't Be in the Dark, Say Animal Welfare Advocates

New Zealand's Stop Factory Farming Month, August 2013

New Zealand’s Stop Factory Farming Month, ‘Don’t be in the Dark’ has been launched today by animal advocacy group SAFE. The month-long event will raise awareness of the high level of cruelty involved in intensive egg, pork and chicken farming systems and highlight the role Kiwis can play in helping to bring it to an end.

“Successful animal welfare campaigns have lead to victories such as the phase-out of sow crates for pigs, due by 2016,” says SAFE campaign director Eliot Pryor. “However, millions of factory-farmed New Zealand animals continue to suffer every day of their lives.”

“Serious animal welfare problems such as the ongoing caging of hens for egg production urgently need to be addressed and SAFE’s awareness month will open the doors on these hidden practices. We want Kiwis to help make visible the cruel realities of factory farming, to take action and share with friends and family,” says Mr Pryor.

Emmett Skilton, of the hit TV series Almighty Johnsons, says he has been so deeply affected by the plight of factory-farmed animals that it has motivated him to team up with SAFE. “I am sickened and in disbelief that such horrific treatment of animals is legal in the country I call home. It is up to us, the consumers, to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, and stop factory farming,” he says.

Ordinary New Zealanders can publicly show their support by making the Stop Factory Farming message visible – from putting up a poster or wearing a chicken suit to the gym to doing something crazy like jumping out of a plane wearing a Stop Factory Farming t-shirt. SAFE volunteers will also be leading actions and activities throughout the country.

“Each of us, every day, can and do make a difference,” says Mr Pryor. “We have the chance to act on behalf of those who cannot speak for themselves every time we shop. Boycotting factory-farmed eggs, pork and chicken products is the single most effective way to help end factory farming in New Zealand. The second most effective thing we can do is invite others to do the same.”

The public are invited to find out more about how they can get involved at stopfactoryfarming.org.nz


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On What We Could Do For Hong Kong, If Only We Dared

There has been something repulsive about PM Jacinda Ardern’s assurances that our joint 5 Eyes criticism of China’s actions over Hong Kong – and China’s harsh reaction – are all well understood on both sides. According to Ardern, it has been a case of us saying the sort of things we’ve said before, them acknowledging our need to do so, and then them responding much as we would expect them to do. All neat and tidy. Frankly, if all of this is merely virtue signalling on our part, and huffy declarations of independence on their part, then what’s the point of this diplomatic dance..? More>>


Grant Robertson: Government To Review Housing Settings

New Zealand’s stronger-than-expected economic performance has flowed through to housing demand, so the Government will review housing settings to improve access to the market, the Finance Minister Grant Robertson announced today. “Our focus More>>


Law Commission: Recommends New DNA Laws For Criminal Investigations

Te Aka Matua o te Ture | Law Commission today released a report that recommends a new, comprehensive regime to control how DNA is obtained, used and retained for criminal investigations. The report has revealed significant gaps in the operation ... More>>


National: Leader’s Speech At Annual General Meeting

Good morning delegates. It’s an absolute privilege to be speaking as your leader. I’d like to acknowledge the party president, regional chairs, board members, National Party staff, our MPs, our candidates, and most importantly, you – the delegates, ... More>>


Economy: Crown Accounts Reflect Govt’s Careful Economic Management

The better-than-expected Crown accounts released today show the Government’s careful management of the COVID-19 health crisis was the right approach to support the economy. As expected, the Crown accounts for the year to June 2020 show the operating balance ... More>>


Green Party: Announce Portfolio Reshuffle With Talented And Energised Caucus Team

“The Green Party caucus offers a breadth of talent and energy to the Parliament this term. In ten MPs you have a small business owner, a human rights lawyer, an academic, a climate negotiator, a transport planner, and so much more”, Green Party ... More>>


APEC: New Zealand Ready To Host Virtually

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern took over the leadership of APEC earlier today, when she joined leaders from the 21 APEC economies virtually for the forum’s final 2020 meeting. “We look forward to hosting a fully virtual APEC 2021 next year. While ... More>>





InfoPages News Channels