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Draft Animal Transport Welfare Code Needs Focus

by 5m Editor
20 January 2010, at 9:32am

NEW ZEALAND - In its submission late last year on the draft Animal Welfare (Transport within New Zealand) Code of Welfare, Federated Farmers has called on the National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (NAWAC) to focus on a slimmed-down code for commercial transport.

The draft code, as it was written, would apply equally to a pet moggy being taken to a cattery as it would to sheep being transported around the country,” says Bruce Wills, Federated Farmers animal welfare co-spokesperson.

“The code should focus on the commercial transport of animals as that’s what we believe NAWAC intended.

“NAWAC has proposed so-called ‘example values’ bloating the code out to hefty 50-pages. Instead of delivering clarity, it becomes a costly but prescriptive fudge. The focus is all about process and not the safe and humane commercial transport of livestock.

“As long as these meet NAWAC’s minimum standards, Federated Farmers has suggested it accredit the standards and schemes being operated by commercial transporters and processors.

“By accrediting things that work in the real world, we avoid the cost of reinventing the wheel.

“It’s clear we’ve got to have standards, our reputation depends on it, but the code as it is drafted is too complex to work. I’m certain common sense proposals will improve it before it is formalised,” Mr Wills concluded.

To view the full submission, please click here.