Target: Martyn Dunne, General Director of Ministry for Primary Industries
Goal: Demand stricter health regulations and encourage animal welfare in pork industry
The Ministry for Primary Industries, New Zealand’s equivalent of the FDA (Food & Drug Industry), is guilty of poor health regulation and encouraging deplorable animal welfare after issuing a “pass” for a Christchurch pig farm, despite an animal rights group’s footage of pigs and piglets living in squalid conditions.
The shocking footage, filmed over the course of a year, shows pigs suffering from the affects of extreme overcrowding, disease and injury. One sow is stuffed into a crate so small that her newborn piglets are crushed to death underneath her as she gives birth. Other piglets can be seen dying next to their mothers, while other animals are afflicted with eye infections, open sores and injuries due to dwelling in cages that are much too small. The most harrowing piece of footage shows a fully grown sow, dead of unknown causes, being left to rot among live pigs in a cramped cage while dozens of rats feed on the deceased animal.
SAFE, the animal rights group responsible for shooting the footage, contacted New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries stating that significant non-compliance with pig welfare codes was active at the Christchurch farm—violations so severe that a number of pigs and piglets had to be killed immediately to prevent the spread of infection and sickness. Despite the claim, the Ministry for Primary Industries stated that the Christchurch pig farm complied with health codes and could continue operating under the deplorable conditions. They even went as far as to issue the farm a “green” rating, the top score on the industry-led rating scheme called “PigCare.”
After shooting the footage, the animal rights group has stated that 12 other pig farms across New Zealand have been shown committing the same acts of animal cruelty, but none as severe as the farm in Christchurch. Still, the footage reveals that the pork industry and the Ministry for Primary Industries is due for a major reform of public health regulations and animal welfare policies.
Sign the petition and demand that Martyn Dunne, General Director of Ministry for Primary Industries, enforce stricter health regulations and encourage animal welfare reform in the pork industry.
Dear Mr. Dunne,
The state of New Zealand’s pig industry is in dire need of major reform. Footage captured on a pig farm in Christchurch shows pigs and piglets living in squalor—sows giving birth and crushing newborn piglets in cages too small, pigs with disease and infection being left to mingle with healthy sows, and even dead pigs being left to rot while rats feast on their carcasses. This environment is not only deplorable, but incredibly revolting. The most disturbing fact of this case, however, is that the Ministry for Primary Industries had the nerve to approve this behavior and allowed the farm to operate under the same heinous conditions.
The behaviors of the pig industry and that of the Ministry for Primary Industries are incredibly concerning, as it compromises public health, encourages animal abuse and shows that profit is more important than people. I urge you to reform public health regulations and animal welfare policies in the pork industry immediately.
[Your Name Here]
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