[25 January/Radio New Zealand Business]

A survey commissioned by Fish and Game indicates that 71% of the people questioned believe that businesses should have to pay for the impact that they have on the environment.  Seventy percent of respondents do not believe that the dairy industry should be treated any more leniently than other commercial operations.  The CEO of Fish and Game, Martin Taylor, said the survey showed that farming had to stop trying to dodge responsibility for environmental damage and argued that strong and decisive action was urgently needed.  He added that the corporate dairy industry has to stop defending poor operators that damage the reputation of good farmers and get rid of them.  The survey, conducted by Colmar-Brunton, has a margin of error of 3.1%.