INDEPENDENT NEWS

NZ First Welcomes Commitment to Improving Animal Welfare

Published: Mon 25 Nov 2019 12:19 PM
Mark Patterson
Spokesperson for Primary Industries
25 November 2019
NZ First Welcomes Commitment to Improving Winter Animal Welfare
New Zealand First supports the changes recommended by the Winter Grazing Taskforce to improve animal welfare outcomes through the winter months, and the establishment of a pan-sector action group to implement them.
New Zealand First Primary Industries Spokesperson Mark Patterson says the report highlights areas of concern about the animal welfare impacts of intensive winter grazing practices, and outlines a forward-thinking approach to help farmers lift standards.
“The report highlights a degree of non-compliance that we cannot afford to have associated with our pastoral sector.
“Our animal welfare credentials are an essential part of our export brand. Our reputation, and by extension our livelihoods, depend on it.
“But lifting animal welfare outcomes is not solely the responsibility of farmers. The report makes it clear this responsibility is shared across the pastoral farming supply chain.
“The Coalition Government is also committed to giving farmers the right tools and advice to ensure better animal welfare.
“As is usual, our best farmers are well ahead of these discussions and have winter grazing practices that would withstand any scrutiny.
“New Zealand First fully supports the proactive approach the Minister of Agriculture is taking, working alongside farmers to uphold our international reputation,” says Mr Patterson.
ENDS

Next in New Zealand politics

Boost in Whānau Ora funding to keep changing lives
By: New Zealand Government
Kaikōura $10.88 million boost in tourism & business
By: New Zealand Government
Plans to protect the future of whitebaiting announced
By: New Zealand Government
New resource for schools on climate change
By: New Zealand Government
Regulations pave way for quality medicinal cannabis
By: New Zealand Government
Gordon Campbell on a White Island inquiry
By: Gordon Campbell
Dunne Speaks: Turia is Right on Whanau Ora
By: Peter Dunne
Whānau Ora claim must be fast tracked, says Māori Party
By: The Maori Party
$10.98 million of PGF funding announced
By: Kaikoura District Council
Proposed whitebait rules are pitiful, won’t save native fish
By: Forest And Bird
Whitebait rules needed to save fish from extinction
By: Forest And Bird
Fisheries management helps prevent overfishing - Reaction
By: Science Media Centre
Whitebaiters set to lose thousands on stands
By: New Zealand National Party
Government attempting to ban whitebaiting
By: New Zealand National Party
2019 NZ's fourth warmest year on record - Expert Reaction
By: Science Media Centre
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILEWe're in BETA! Send Feedback © Scoop Media