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Wednesday, June 15

Animal welfare advisory group too industry friendly



The newly announced Advisory Group on Animal Welfare is industry friendly, rather than animal friendly, Green Party animal welfare spokesperson Sue Kedgley said today.

The Minister of Agriculture has set up an advisory group to oversee the development of a national animal welfare strategy, to feed into a review of the Animal Welfare Act. (Note: The full list of advisory group members is included at the bottom of this release).

"Why are representatives from an animal slaughter house, and from Fonterra, about to shape the future of animal welfare for New Zealand," asked Ms Kedgley.

"I have to question the purpose of the review, given many representatives appear to have a background of advocating against animal welfare solutions.

"I am also concerned that Dr John Hellstrom, Chair of the Animal Welfare Advisory Committee, is a member of the advisory group, given his recent statements on radio that he believes hens in colony cages are happy and content.

"If the Minister was serious about reviewing the Animal Welfare Act with a view to improving conditions for animals in New Zealand, he should have ensured that people with a proven track in advocating for animals are on the Animal Welfare Advisory
Group."

Animal Welfare Advisory group

Perspective
Name
Status
NAWAC
Dr John Hellstrom
Chair of NAWAC
Confirmed
NAEAC
Dr Virginia Williams
Chair of NAEAC and NZ Veterinary Association animal welfare co-ordinator
Confirmed
On farm
Chris Kelly
CEO Landcorp
Confirmed
Processing
Simon Gatenby
CEO, Taylor Preston and MIA counsellor
Confirmed
Consumer
To be confirmed
Science
Prof. David Mellor
Co-Director Animal Welfare Science and Bioethics Centre, Massey University
Confirmed
Animal advocacy
Peter Mason
Former National President RNZSPCA and International Board Secretary WSPA
Confirmed
Practicing Vet
Gavin Sinclair
Production animal veterinarian, Director of VetSouth, and incoming NZVA President
Confirmed
Marketing and Trade
Steve Murphy
General Manager Milk Supply
Fonterra