Horrendous conditions on pig farm show MPI failing to do their job
The horrendous conditions animals are living in at a Canterbury pig farm are completely unacceptable and show that MPI
are failing to do their job by putting economic interests ahead of animal welfare, said the Green Party today.
Footage obtained by Farm Watch and SAFE from a Canterbury farm, which featured tonight on TV One’s Sunday programme,
showed animals living in horrendous conditions and revealed how inadequate New Zealand’s regulation of the pig industry
Documents obtained show that this farm was investigated by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) in April 2013
following a complaint. In August 2013, MPI claimed that the farm was compliant.
“The video footage, which was taken this year, shows the disgusting and squalid conditions that these pigs are still
living in,” said Green Party animal welfare spokesperson Mojo Mathers today.
“We don’t believe that MPI is the right body to be monitoring animal welfare on intensive factory farms because they
have a conflict of interest between promoting intensive farming and ensuring decent animal welfare.
“This is why the Green Party wants to see an independent Commissioner for Animal Welfare established. This is the only
impartial way to ensure that economic interests are not put ahead of decent animal welfare standards.
“The current Animal Welfare Amendment Bill, recently reported from select committee, will do little to improve this
“MPI are effectively relying on self-regulation by the pig industry and, as can be seen, even with clear evidence of
appalling conditions MPI are favouring economic interests ahead of animal suffering.
“There is a strong need to safeguard the welfare of animals. This is not only essential if we are to maintain New
Zealand’s international reputation, but is necessary if to protect the viability of farmers who do put animal welfare
first. ” said Ms Mathers.