New Policies to Shape Welfare09 May 2013
NEW ZEALAND – New welfare policies have been warmly received by industry organisation, Dairy New Zealand who said an overarching framework to guide animal care will be useful.
The body placed in charge of shaping welfare standards is the National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee.
Comprised of veterinarians, ethical experts and scientists the group boasts knowledge and experience and serves to produce independent advice to the Minister for Primary Industries.
Richard Pridmore, DairyNZ’s Strategy and Investment Leader for Sustainability, emphasised the serious approach the nation’s stockmen take to animal welfare, reflected in the country’s reputation.
“Animal welfare is one of the dairy industry’s 10 objectives in the newly refreshed Strategy for Sustainable Dairy Farming,” said Mr Pridmore. “We’re committed to farming to high standards of animal health, welfare and well-being. As the Minister points out, New Zealand has a world-leading reputation for animal welfare and we need to recognise and protect that as it is a vital part of continuing our success as an export industry.”
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