Political Parties - their animal welfare policies.

We wrote to each of the 10 main political parties to ask them to tell us their animal welfare policies and which points of the Animal Agenda Aotearoa they supported.
Here are the responses from National, the Maori Party and the Greens. We will post more responses shortly.
Once we have responses from all the parties, we will be giving them each a mark out of ten to reflect how many points of the Animal Agenda they support.


National Party Logo
Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy, provided National's response in the form of a letter. Mr Guy said that the Animal Welfare Amendment Bill was the first significant reform of animal welfare laws since 1999 and would make the law clearer, more transparent and easier to enforce.
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Maori Party Logo
Co-leader of the Maori Party, Tariana Turia, responded to tell us that the Maori Party believed that the humane treatment of animals was an expression of manaakitanga (supporting one another) and kaitiakitanga (guardianship) that reflected our humanity as a society.
"How can we expect to treat one another with the respect and dignity that every person deserves if we cannot treat our valuable mokai without cruelty ? We must support measures that focus on the fair treatment of animals."
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Green Party Logo
Green Party MP Mojo Mathers responded to say that the Greens had an animal welfare spokesperson and an animal welfare policy. The Greens' 2011 animal welfare policy can be downloaded from their website - www.greens.org.nz/policy/animal welfare. The party will be taking the same animal welfare policy into the 2014 general election.
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Mana Party Logo
The Mana Party has provided its views in relation to each of the Animal Agenda items.
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New Zealand First Party Logo
New Zealand First’s animal welfare spokesperson Richard Prosser replied by letter. He said that New Zealand First’s policy in animal welfare issues was shaped by a small number of simple tenets. First, the party believed that farm animals, wild animals, animals used for research and pets should all be treated in a humane and respectful way. Mr Prosser said that the way in which animals were treated was very important. This country’s treatment of agricultural animals reflected very tangibly on New Zealand’s international reputation.
All animals subject to human control should receive humane treatment. When animals were killed, appropriate methods should be used to ensure that death was swift and painless.

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United Future Logo
United Future leader Peter Dunne replied stating that the issue of animal testing was complex. He said that his party saw limited animal testing as an unfortunate necessity to ensure New Zealand’s safety. The party strongly supported moves to find suitable alternatives to animal testing so that New Zealand could become an animal testing-free country.
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Labour Party Logo
Labour Party Animal Rights Spokesperson Trevor Mallard replied with Labour's response to the ten Animal Agenda items. Crucially Labour have stated that they support a ban on sow stalls, farrowing crates, and battery cages. The response also said "Labour is likely to go further than these examples, but with a larger time scale for all intensive farming.
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Internet Party Logo
The Internet Party has responded with a yes (they support) to all ten of the Animal Agenda items.
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