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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."
The Maori Party provided the following specific responses to each of the Agenda items:


  1. Animal Testing
    Does not support a ban.
  2. Tougher Sentences for animal cruelty
    Supports.
  3. The Link
    Supports acknowledgement of the link between cruelty to animals and other violence.
  4. Provide adequate shelter and high standards for transporting animals
    Supports.
  5. Commissioner for Animals
    Does not support.
  6. Prohibiting forms of surgical mutilation which adversely affect animals
    Does not support.
  7. Banning factory farming by 2017
    Does not support.
  8. Prohibiting painful devices such as shock collars and leg hold traps
    Does not support.
  9. Banning the use of animals in entertainment
    Does not support.
  10. Inserting a Declaration of Sentience into law
    Supports.