[1 March/The Country]

The Associate Minister of Agriculture, Meka Whaitiri, does not believe rodeos are harmful enough to be banned. She did however ask the National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (NAWAC) to address some issues raised by animal activists. The former Ministry for Primary Industries National MP, Nathan Guy, supported Ms Whaitiri’s decision and added that changes have been made through NAWAC. Ms Whaitiri noted that the use of electric prodders was already addressed in the animal welfare regulations she was considering, and that the code says animals have to be handled in ways that minimise the risk of pain, injury or distress.