A blow has been struck for honest, hard-working pig farmers after the hysteria aroused by animal welfare nutters.
Radio NZ reports –
An investigation by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry has cleared a Levin piggery of any breaches of the current Code of Welfare for Pigs.
The pig farm was at the centre of a report by Television New Zealand’s Sunday programme which alleged widespread cruelty against animals.
But the MAF inquiry does not support this and the piggery in question has been cleared.
The Code of Welfare for Pigs is currently under review.
Back in May, an outfit calling itself SAFE was howling “Legal Pig Cruelty Sickens Nation” and calling for whistleblowers to ‘dob in’ pig abusers
National animal advocacy organisation SAFE said today it has no confidence in New Zealand’s animal welfare legislation process when it fails to consider science and humane principles and totally ignores the collective opinion of the New Zealand public.
“Almost every New Zealander who has viewed the disturbing footage of these pathetic incarcerated pigs condemns this as pig cruelty. There are ample scientific reports that support this view.
“That is why the UK and Sweden have banned sow stalls. What the hell kind of conditions do pigs have to live in before a pig farmer breaks the law in this country? As of today, we may find out,” says SAFE campaign director, Hans Kriek.
SAFE claimed it had already received sensitive information about other pig farms since the exposé on the Sunday programme.
It wanted more information identifying pig farms “where there is extreme animal cruelty or neglect that is likely to result in MAF taking legal action once a complaint is made.”
Since the Minister of Agriculture and the New Zealand Pork Industry Board have publicly admitted being completely unaware of industry practices we are appealing to those on the ground who actually know what’s going on.”
The commercial damage done by these mischief-makers is considerable.
As TVNZ said –
The fallout from the crate pig farming operation at a Horowhenua pig farm is now hitting New Zealand’s supermarkets and pork producers.
The question many consumers are asking is “where did the pork and bacon they’re buying come from?”
The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries has already conducted investigations at the pig farm which was at the centre of the controversy after TVNZ’s Sunday programme broadcast images of pigs kept in sow stalls.
Consumers say they want to know now if the bacon and other pork products they are buying did not involve the torture of the beasts before being slaughtered for their meat.
Unlike eggs, where it’s clearly mentioned where they are from and if they are organic or not, it is different with pork products.
Mind you, the TVNZ mob rather lost the plot about animal welfare and tripped inot the domain of country of origin labelling.
On one bacon packet ONE News found at a supermarket, it says it’s 100% New Zealand Pork, but also mentions local and imported, which consumers say is confusing. In fact, almost all the packets on display mentioned the same thing.
But pig producers, anticipating the backlash from consumers, are making it clear they do not make their products from pigs farmed in sow stalls.
Hellers, which make 90 million slices of bacon a year, say the large majority of their pigs aren’t caged.
Another bacon producer is already taking action to ensure his products are guilt free.
John Kippenberger of Premier Bacon says that over the next 30 days he will be “going around those farms again and enforcing our messages.”
Alf didn’t get too excited about SAFE’s stunt and has enjoyed bacon and eggs for breakfast in spite of the fuss the Sunday programme aroused.
Now that the piggery has been found to have breached no laws, he reckons we should be tossing the pig-headed SAFE campaigners into the stocks.
Then we will invite pork-loving members of the public to biff pig-shit at the buggers.