Justice for animals: demand an independent agency for animals


Stop animal cruelty

Farmed animal cruelty is a widespread problem that the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is failing to deal with.

Even following exposés from SAFE and Farmwatch, MPI is often reluctant to investigate and enforce animal welfare legislation. This may be because animal welfare is a conflict of interest for MPI, who also represents the interests of animal agriculture. It’s like the fox looking after the hen house!

Footage released by SAFE and Farmwatch has repeatedly shown that, sadly, cruelty and neglect all too often goes hand-in-hand with farming animals.

  • Evidence gathered and passed onto MPI, even where it shows extreme illegal cruelty, often does not lead to action let alone a prosecution.  
  • MPI can choose to just issue a farmer found breaking the law, a notice to correct their practices. We know that these notices often don’t get followed up and the animals continue to suffer.
  • Farms and slaughterhouses have been allowed to continue to operate even after convictions of cruelty to animals. 

The only way to ensure that animal abuse doesn’t go undiscovered and unpunished is to have:

  • An increased number of animal welfare investigators (currently there is only approximately one inspector for every three million animals.) 
  • More frequent and unannounced farm inspections.
  • CCTV cameras in all dairy sheds and slaughterhouses.

The current system is broken.

We need to strip MPI of its animal welfare responsibilities and create a stand-alone animal welfare regulatory and enforcement agency (a Commission).

Take Action

Ask the Minister of Agriculture Damien O'Conner to separate animal welfare from the Ministry for Primary Industries and allocate sufficient funding to a stand-alone regulatory and enforcement agency.

Support SAFE’s campaign against farmed animal cruelty which will help with investigations and put pressure on the Government to create a Commission for Animal Welfare. Donate Now!