It’s a matter of how you order things – what we regard as a pest can be shipped to the US as pets

May 9, 2010

Alf this morning is admiring the enterprise of a Kiwi business that exports wallabies to the United States for sale in pet shops.

We are well rid of the wallabies which are (a) Australian and (b) pests, although some of Alf’s mates reckon that once a creature has been identified as Australian we can take it for granted it is a pest.

Alas, the company doing the exporting has been dragged into an international probe into animal cruelty.

Rotorua-based Dama Exporters was dobbed in to the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF) by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
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And a big oink, oink to SAFE

July 2, 2009

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.
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Shabby grandstanding on animal welfare

May 20, 2009

Just as you can’t make a silk purse from a pig’s ear, nor can you make a federal case from a sow crate.

But tell that to Sue Kedgley, who boasts the title Green Animal Welfare Spokesperson.

Earlier this week Kedgley was kicking up a hullabaloo and calling on the Minister of Agriculture to visit a typical intensive pig farm to see for himself “the cruelty sows endure when they are locked into crates for months on end.”

Ms Kedgley’s call follows the Minister’s admission on television last night that he did not know sow crates were widely used in pig farming in New Zealand. Last night on TV1’s Sunday programme, Mr Carter was shown video footage of hundreds of sows locked in crates or cages on a North Island pig farm.

The Sunday programme featured secretly filmed footage of a pig farm by a bunch of animal rights zealots, Save Animals From Exploitation (SAFE).
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Turning turds and trees into beautiful biochar

March 17, 2009

Alf has just had an encounter of the turd kind with biochar and found it isn’t a form of Chinese cuisine.

Fair enough, had he been paying attention to climate change and what’s being done to beat it, he probably would be well acquainted with biochar and how it can do good things for effluent.

But he hadn’t and he isn’t.

Not until now, when he happened to be browsing through the BBC’s news of the day and found himself being asked whether the hype about biochar is justified.

Because the hype had bypassed him, or somehow he had evaded it, he didn’t know. So he read further and learned:
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