[15 May/Rural News]

An all-day hui has been called to discuss priorities of the country’s animal welfare groups by the Associate Minister of Agriculture, Meka Whaitiri. The hui aimed to follow up on a promise not to ban rodeos. Ms Whaitiri said she wanted to hear the views and priorities of the country’s animal advocates on all issues. She added that she had moved to strengthen the protection of our animals with a raft of new regulations that covered everything from banning fireworks at rodeos to tightening controls on how stock are transported to slaughter plants. She noted this went into the heart of our international reputation as one of the world leaders for animal welfare outcomes in farming systems.