ACT MP Hypocritical To Censor Critics
ACT MP Mark Cameron has deleted comments left on his public Facebook page by an animal welfare group, including a photograph taken by a New Zealand veterinarian of cattle covered in excrement on board a live export ship.
“It’s a bit hypocritical of him,” says End
Live Export New Zealand
spokesperson Rachel Poulain.
“The ACT party promotes itself as being all about democratic values and freedom of speech.”
“We aren’t being disrespectful, we just want to have an open and honest conversation about the facts.”
“Unlike the live export industry, we
haven’t got millions to spend on
lobbying. We’re just a handful of ordinary Kiwis speaking up for what we believe in. Freedom of speech is all we have.”
The ACT Party
is driving the controversial proposal to reinstate
cattle exports by sea. Associate Minister for Agriculture, ACT’s Andrew
Hoggard, has stated that reversing the ban on live export by sea is one
of his top priorities.
“The public has a right to know what
their elected representatives are
supporting,” says Poulain. “Given ACT’s stance on free speech, it’s
pretty ironic for their MPs to be censoring critics.”
“We’re trying to get the truth out
there. Instead of deleting our
comments, politicians should address the concerns of the thousands of New Zealanders who are appalled by the government’s plan to reinstate live animal exports by sea.“