It’s easy for the salmon industry to hide the truth about the animals suffering on their farms. Many Kiwis won’t know that millions of salmon are confined in barren underwater cages, right here in Aotearoa.
Fishes are recognised under New Zealand law as sentient. This means they are capable of suffering and are deserving of welfare protection. Despite this, salmon in Aotearoa are farmed in horrific conditions that expose them to welfare issues such as overcrowding, heat distress, and astoundingly high mortality rates.
Fishes are protected under the Animal Welfare Act 1999. Despite this, the industry continues to farm salmon in conditions that breach their legal rights with seemingly no intervention from the authorities.
The only way to protect the legal rights of salmon is to ban salmon farming in New Zealand for good.