The Animal Agenda Aotearoa...

Animal Agenda Aotearoa is a campaign to persuade New Zealand's nine main political parties to adopt animal-friendly policies for the 2014 general election. The Agenda has 10 main points covering law changes needed to improve the lives of animals, including banning factor farming, imposing harsher sentences for animal cruelty, not testing party pills on animals and then banning the use of animals for testing.

This election we are asking politicians to agree to implement the following ten animal welfare agenda items for a more compassionate New Zealand:

  1. Animal Testing – prohibit the testing of party pills on animals and work towards an outright ban on testing on animals. [more information]
  2. Sentencing – develop sentencing guidelines for animal cruelty offences and treat cruelty to animals as an aggravating factor under the Sentencing Act 2002. [more information]
  3. The Link – recognise the link between animal cruelty, child abuse, and domestic violence, and include animals as “protected persons” under the Domestic Violence Act 1995. [more information]
  4. Shelter & Transport – provide adequate shelter for all species of farmed animals and develop higher standards of stock transportation to ensure animal trauma is minimised. [more information]
  5. Commissioner For Animals – appoint an independent Commissioner for Animals, modelled on those appointed to represent other vulnerable members of the community, such as children. The Commissioner will be an advocate for all animals – farm, companion and wild. [more information]
  6. Surgical Mutilation – prohibit surgical procedures such as docking of dogs’ tails, the shortening of cows’ tails, de-barking, ear cropping, de-clawing, etc. [more information]
  7. Intensive Farming – abolish all forms of intensive and battery farming practices, including sow stalls, farrowing crates, and battery cages, on or before January 1, 2017. [more information]
  8. Painful Devices – prohibit the sale, possession, or use of devices that inflict pain and suffering on animals, including electric shock collars, gin traps, electric prodders, fireworks, etc. [more information]
  9. Animals In Entertainment – establish stringent regulations for the use of animals in entertainment, including racing. The use of animals in marine parks, rodeos and circuses should be banned. [more information]
  10. Sentience – incorporate in the Animal Welfare Act and the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act declarations that animals are sentient beings capable of feeling and have the right to quality of life and dignity. [more information]

 Help us save the animals in 2014 - vote for parties that support the Animal Agenda Aotearoa at the election.