Labour Commits To An End To Factory Farming

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Revelations that the Pigcare Accreditation scheme is still failing animals despite protestations from the Ministry, resulted in a day of national action across the country last Saturday. Thousands rallied in the centres against factory farming for a historic outcome for animals. 

For the first time in New Zealand history all of the left-wing parties and the major animal advocacy organisations spoke out in unison. Labour, the Greens, the SPCA and SAFE stood side-by-side and powerfully echoed the sentiment of thousands of Kiwis. The message is clear; factory farming isn’t our future.

In Auckland Labour candidate Clare Szabo addressed the crowd and informed us of something of pivotal importance. She told us to stay tuned for new policy from Labour that would see an end to all intensive factory practises. Labour acknowledged once and for all that these abhorrent confinement industries are not what New Zealanders want. And we know the Green Party would also see an end to forms of industrial cruelty.

We want to see all New Zealand political parties on the same page with this, yet John Key and National have been shamefully flippant about the importance of real change and Nathan Guy keeps spinning the same nonsense. They say the accreditation scheme is “working fine” and these are “one-off” instances. If they are “one-offs” why is the Ministry so reluctant to properly legislate against confinement and such conditions? Why does the Ministry keep pushing back the date to end all cage practises and make no substantial changes? The answer is this, they are absolutely aware that these instances not “one-off” and if they do outlaw these practises it would cost farmers whose financial interests are deemed more important than welfare concerns. Every day Kiwis know that we do not want such cruelty to exist and we damn well know that ethical considerations matter. We are not devoid of compassion and know that money isn’t the only consideration that must be made. We do not want animals raise in hell holes that have no right to exist. We do not want animals to be caged. Animals deserve safety, freedom and protection, just as people do and other countries have legislated against such practices. It’s a travesty that these issues keep being ignored by the right.

It’s time National got on board. Our welfare system is anything but “world class” and the public have no more interest in this spin. It’s time for action. Here the flaws in our careless animal “welfare” system areoutlined by Catriona MacLennan, co-ordinator for the Animal Agenda Aotearoa, a project that would see MPs alterted to the voice of the people.

We need to continually apply pressure on this issue and you can do so here. Please never underestimate the power of your voice; of talking about these issues actively, and of contacting your MP. Better still, take radical action, become an advocate, boycott pork or simply stop eating animals altogether. It’s up to us to take a stand and be the voice of the voiceless, because if we don’t stand up for these animals, who will?

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  1. Thanks Jessie for continuing to give a voice to our fellow creatures that are unable to speak for themselves.

  2. Thank you Jesse. My large extended family is in for a fright this xmas. Better give them plenty of warning.

  3. It’s a nice idea, but sadly detached from reality. If we enforced expensive regulations here, we’ll just end up importing more pork from overseas and destroying our own Pork industry.

    Far better would be to educate the consumer than push for an outright ban.

    • Friends of mine run an enormous pig farm which is SPCA approved. ALL the boars, sows and piglets up to weaning age are housed in paddocks, in groups, with huts filled with straw for nesting in. At weaning the piglets are moved into groups which are housed in roomy sheds with free access to the outdoors, plenty of straw for warmth and playing in, and ad lib food and water. As they grow they are moved into progressively bigger buildings, still with plenty of straw, access to open air,and as much food and water as they want. No crates, no small pens. As in all farming there are deaths and injuries – animals fight, or accidents happen, but the staff are quick to remove dead or injured animals. This farm can produce pork profitably based on the scheduled price, so it is possible to do this in NZ. It’s time the indoor pig farmers woke up.

  4. Labour is only committed to eliminating a small portion of factory farming. The dairy industry, which is factory farming and is predicated on animal abuse, will continue.

    And the farming of humans by bankers and corporations will continue. Well for a little while longer.

    The shrinking global oil supply will cause the whole system to collapse over the next decade if abrupt climate change doesn’t.

    • Arent you being abit hasty in your judgement Do you know the full policy? Labour have said they will ban factory farming by 2017, thats a start isn’t it?

  5. Thank you, Jesse! Factory farming is an antiquated and extremely dangerous institution for the animals, of course, but also for the earth and for human health. It is high time we see these corporations held accountable for their actions.

  6. Lefties are generally compassionate towards most humans but are often completely devoid of compassion when it comes to animals. This I don’t get. Nevertheless this move by Labour is at least a move in the right direction.

    • Where the hell did you get that most stupid and dumb idea from Rose? A very ignorant ‘rightie” perhaps, who possibly doesn’t get out of that blue bubble very much.

      I found your comment to be both arrogant and quite insulting.

        • You stupidly politicized it. Quote “Lefties are generally compassionate towards most humans but are often completely devoid of compassion when it comes to animals”

          Clearly looks like youre a bigoted right winger who is profoundly ignorant.

          If you had of bothered to read commentary on threads such as this on this topic, you would have noticed that the majority of people, both left and right are against these barbaric inhumane practices.

  7. […] Labour agreed, along with all of the parties on the left to bring an end to factory farming. It’s time National stood up and honoured the will of the people. Confinement industries have to end, and NOW, and we do not want to see the introduction of colony cages. Industrial cruelty MUST end. Right now they are free to do anything they please and that is proven with what we are seeing. It’s simply not good enough. We all want better for these very vulnerable beings, who are not able to fight for themselves. […]

  8. […] Labour agreed, along with all of the parties on the left to bring an end to factory farming. It’s time National stood up and honoured the will of the people. Confinement industries have to end, and NOW, and we do not want to see the introduction of colony cages. Industrial cruelty MUST end. Right now they are free to do anything they please and that is proven with what we are seeing. It’s simply not good enough. We all want better for these very vulnerable beings, who are not able to fight for themselves. […]

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