New Zealand’s Animal Welfare Amendment Bill is now before a Parliamentary select committee. Submissions from the public are being accepted from now until 4 October.
Here’s why I’m making a submission:
- I want to make a difference for animals and having good animal welfare laws is essential to achieving this
- Silence is acquiescence. Too many New Zealanders do not engage and this allows poor legislation to pass. MPs like to say that they voted in favor of the ‘silent majority’
- The Animal Welfare Amendment Bill is lacking in many areas and now is our chance to improve it
The Bill doesn’t ban testing of party bills on animals, nor does it ban the use of animal testing in the cosmetic industry. As far as animal welfare issues go, these are ‘no brainers.’
I’d also like to see an independent Commissioner for Animals because I don’t think the Ministry of Primary Industries, with its focus on economy and production, can make good choices.
Click here to read the Animal Welfare Amendment Bill
Making a submission online is easy – just click here and follow the instructions for uploading your submission.