Click here for our 2020 Election Priorities for Animal Welfare

All animals have a right to a life free from cruelty.

Government must be accountable for the wellbeing of animals

  • An independent Animal Welfare Commissioner should be established, as well as a Minister for Animal Welfare who is not the Minister for Primary Industries.
  • By law, all animals should have access to shade, shelter, and comfortable resting areas, with increased funding for enforcement

Animals used for agriculture or economic purposes must not be subject to avoidable distress, pain, or suffering

  • All commercial farming practices that cause suffering should be phased out, including farrowing crates for pigs, debeaking of hens, and factory farming.
  • Animals should not be allowed to be used in events that rely on inflicting pain and distress.
  • Racing codes should be required to publicly report the numbers of animals bred, raced, injured, euthanised and re-homed or retired.
  • Experiments on animals should only be used where they are overwhelmingly beneficial and do not cause suffering

Transportation of animals should be tightly regulated

  • Animals should be slaughtered as near as possible to their point of production. Transport standards for animals should be high to minimise stress.
  • Live exports for slaughter should be banned, and strong enforcement should ensure it doesn’t happen under the guise of export for breeding.
  • Animals should not be exported to countries that don’t have strong animal welfare rules.

Clear labelling should allow for informed consumer decisions

  • All goods should clearly state if they contain animal products, the conditions under which those animals were raised, or have if they have been tested on animals.



Latest Animal Welfare Announcements


Years of Green Party work leads to the end of live exports

Aotearoa will finally bring an end to the live export by sea of cattle, deer, sheep and goats.
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Green Party dismayed at delay in intensive winter grazing regulations

“The Government’s decision to cave into agribusiness and delay the implementation of critical regulations on intensive winter grazing is a bad outc...
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Animal Welfare

Animals are worthy of care and respect, but current rules allow animal abuse and exploitation. Aotearoa could easily have a world-leading animal w...
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New Zealand leadership needed to protect whales

The Green Party is deeply concerned by Japan’s resumption of commercial whaling, Green Party Animal Welfare Spokesperson Gareth Hughes said today. ...
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Review of live animal exports needed to protect animal welfare and New Zealand’s agricultural brand

The Green Party is welcoming the announcement by Minister of Agriculture Damien O’Connor to review New Zealand’s live animal exports rules. “New Ze...
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Cameras on boats must be quickly scaled up: Greens

The Green Party is glad to finally see the rollout of cameras on selected fishing boats but believes it needs to be scaled-up fast. “We need camera...
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