Posts tagged "Animal Welfare"

Tegel won’t be prosecuted over footage of dead and deformed chickens

[10 September/The Country] Footage inside one of Tegel’s farms showing dead and deformed chicken will not result in the company being prosecuted. Advocacy group, Direct Animal Action, captured the footage during two visits to a farm near Hellensville. It found dead chickens, lame chickens, cannibalised chickens, chickens lying down unable to get up, and deformed...

Economists concerned by risk of mycoplasma bovis

[7 June/The Country] According to economists, economic risks associated with Mycoplasma bovis were rising. Last week, the eradication attempt was announced at a cost of $886 million, and the slaughter of 126,000 cattle. BNZ Senior Economist, Doug Steel, said there was more to it than just the initial impact on production from culling cows. Costs...

Cow cubicle dairy farm tested in Canterbury

[14 August/Radio New Zealand Country] Mid Canterbury farmer, Willy Leferink, is trialling a life indoors for his dairy herd in a bid to stop effluent polluting waterways. Mr Leferink suggests the stocking levels allowed by Environment Canterbury on dairy land, in a bid to protect waterways, are not high enough to enable farmers to make...

New animal welfare regulations to be introduced

[20 July/ Radio NZ] The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is developing 46 new animal welfare regulations this year. The rules follow the stricter bobby calf regulations introduced last year. The most recent changes include a ban on docking dogs’ tails without vet approval, mandatory pain relief for cattle de-horning, and prohibiting the transportation of...

Stop live animal shipments, Knesset panel recommends

[18 January/ The Jerusalem Post] Members of Israel’s parliament have urged the end to the practice of shipping live animals from Australia and Europe for the purpose of slaughter. Animal Welfare Subcommittee Chairman, Itzik Shmuli said animals go through a painful journey where many either die or become injured, which posed serious health risks from...

Egg prices rise as cage farmers embark on $200m upgrade to meet welfare code

[15 May/ The National Business Review] The Egg Producers Federation said that part of the 5.5 percent rise in egg prices in the past year is attributed to the changes made under the Animal Welfare (Layer Hens) Act, which require hens to be housed in larger colony cages. The Government estimated the change will increase...