Animals in farming, sport and entertainment deserve better legal protection
The Animal Welfare Act is two decades old. The underlying principles of the Act are good in theory. However, it’s so full of loopholes and exceptions that it fails to give adequate protection to animals – millions of farm animals, especially.
The law needs to be rewritten, with a focus on ensuring all animals have lives worth living.
What would this involve?
All animals in Aotearoa New Zealand should be given the basic protections of the Act. If there are to be codes and regulations, they must not be allowed to undermine these basic protections. Economics must not prevail over welfare.
What the new law should do:
- ban all live animal exports;
- make cameras in slaughterhouses compulsory;
- prohibit rodeos and greyhound racing and provide for speedy phase-outs of testing on animals and factory farming.
The responsibility for animal welfare must be removed from The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI). And the new law should provide for a Minister for Animal Welfare and an independent Commissioner for Animal Welfare who is properly resourced to monitor and enforce animal welfare.
A budget of at least $100 million a year should be provided to make this possible.
Tell the Government to update the law to offer legal protection to all animals. Together, we can give New Zealand’s animals better protection.