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Stand against the Fast-Track Approvals Bill

New Zealand prides itself on its democratic processes, for good reason. In 2023, New Zealand ranked as the sixth most electoral democratic country in the world.

However, this status is at risk. The New Zealand Government has recently introduced a Fast-Track Approvals Bill in parliament, which threatens to undermine the vital process of public consultation on large-scale infrastructure projects and resource consents.

In its simplest terms, this proposed legislation would strip away the mandate for adequate public consultation on projects such as intensive barns, winter grazing, fish farms, marine developments, and dairy intensification; operations which are already associated with significant welfare issues for animals.

Further, the Bill grants unchecked authority to a select group of Ministers, while limiting input from experts, Tangata Whenua, advocacy organisations, and the public.

The current state of dairy farming in Aotearoa is already on a dangerous trajectory to unsafe drinking water, unswimmable waterways and rampant animal suffering. The further intensification of dairy production would have dire consequences for animals, the environment and communities.

We cannot afford to let this Bill pass unchallenged.

Join us in opposing the Fast-Track Approvals Bill and advocating for a future where environmental protection and democratic participation are upheld.

Submissions are open (here) until 19 April. We’ve compiled some draft points to help you craft your submission, below.

 

Key points you can use in your submission:

Copy and paste any of the points below and click here to add to your submission

I am deeply concerned about the Fast-Track Approvals Bill and its potential impacts on animal welfare, environmental wellbeing and democratic integrity. 

This Bill undermines the crucial process of public consultation on resource consents, including large-scale farming projects like feedlots, fish farms, winter grazing sites, and other intensive dairy developments – operations in which animals are already suffering detrimental welfare outcomes. 

The Bill gives unbridled power to a small group of Ministers and restricts input from experts, Tangata Whenua, advocacy organisations and members of the public. This is an erosion of democratic participation, and a reprehensible step backward for animal, human, indigenous and environmental rights. 

I believe this Bill would thwart environmental and animal welfare considerations during the consent approval process, exposing countless more animals to potential harm and compromising our already fragile natural environment. 

The current state of dairy farming in Aotearoa is on a dangerous trajectory marked by unsafe drinking water, unswimmable waterways and rampant animal suffering. The further intensification of dairy production, facilitated by this Bill, would have dire consequences for animals, the environment and the health of our rural communities. 

Farmed salmon in New Zealand are confined in overcrowded, diseased, and waste-filled water. They suffer from bone deformities and skin lesions, are subjected to extreme heat stress, and die in mass mortality events every year. The fast-tracked approval of more fish farms, without due consideration for animal welfare, would be gravely unjust. 

I urge you to reject the Fast-Track Approvals Bill to uphold the values that make Aotearoa a beacon of democracy and environmental stewardship. Public consultation is fundamental to fair and inclusive decision-making processes. 

 

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