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Gareth Hughes MP on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 17:48

The Green Party is celebrating this court victory for the environment with the High Court saying the EPA’s Decision Making Committee’s interpretation of the law was inconsistent with the purpose of the EEZ Act.

“This is a win for people power and for the whales and dolphins who live in this area threatened by mining”, said Green Party MP Gareth Hughes.

“The result is thanks to the dedication of Ngati Ruanui, Forest and Bird, Greenpeace and Kiwis against Seabed Mining and others who took the case.

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Gareth Hughes MP on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 13:52

The Green Party today welcomes correspondence by Government to allow animal organisations to access Emergency Management Adult Community Education training funding to support animals in emergencies.

“Kiwis love their pets and in times of crisis it’s important they aren’t forgotten,“ says Green Party animal welfare spokesperson Gareth Hughes.

“Previously, despite having official roles in natural disaster responses, animal groups could not access funding to better prepare their volunteers to support animals in emergencies.

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Gareth Hughes MP on Friday, June 29, 2018 - 12:04

The Green Party has called for a review of MPI’s investigation of a milking shed after new footage of dairy cow abuse was released by Newsroom today.

“The footage is absolutely shocking and beating animals with steel tubes should have no place on New Zealand farms,” says Green Party animal welfare spokesperson Gareth Hughes.

“This should have been detected and prosecuted the first time the farm was investigated.

“MPI needs to do its job and investigate or the entire country’s animal welfare standards will be questioned.

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Gareth Hughes MP on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 13:02

The Green Party is calling on the greyhound racing industry to better address animal welfare issues, following the release of a finding by the Judicial Control Authority for Racing that a dog was found to have traces of methamphetamine and amphetamine in its system after winning a race last year.

The dog’s owner has been only given a two year ban and will simply hand ownership of his dogs over to this wife. 

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Gareth Hughes MP on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 - 11:01

The Green Party is calling on the racing industry to immediately address animal welfare issues, including the high rates of death, in the greyhound racing industry or risk losing its social licence to operate, following the release of a scathing report by Hon. Rodney Hansen QC today.

“Only eight other countries in the world have commercial greyhound racing industries and this damning report raises the question if in fact it should be reduced to seven,” said Green Party animal welfare spokesperson Gareth Hughes.

on Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 15:23

The Green Party welcomes today’s announcement from Foodstuffs that they will switch to completely cage-free eggs by 2027 in their supermarkets nationwide, and is calling on all supermarkets, to follow suit.

“To have one of New Zealand’s biggest grocery distributors commit to going cage-free is fantastic,” said Green Party animal welfare spokesperson Mojo Mathers.  

“This is a strong message that time’s up for cruel cages and colony production.

on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 09:57

Green Party MP Mojo Mathers has written to the Commerce Commission asking it to inquire into the alleged mislabelling of eggs laid in cages as “free-range”, the Green Party said today.

An investigation into the Palace Poultry brand has revealed that millions of cage-laid eggs were allegedly mislabelled and sold as “free-range”. Egg brands Woodland, Farmer Brown, and Countdown’s Select also reportedly sourced their “free-range” eggs from Palace Poultry.

“New Zealanders should be able to trust that when they buy free-range eggs, they’re actually free range,” said Ms Mathers.

on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 - 10:55

Animals will continue to be subjected to unnecessary pain and distress because the Government has refused to take serious action to address cruelty in rodeo, the Green Party said today.

Almost 63,000 New Zealanders signed a petition asking for rodeo to be banned, but the Primary Production Select Committee, which is led by Government MPs and has just released its final report into the issue, has been largely unresponsive to those concerns.

on Monday, October 31, 2016 - 10:26

The Minister for Food Safety needs to tell the public whether she will vote for mandatory palm oil labelling at next month’s Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation meeting.

Green Party animal welfare spokesperson Mojo Mathers has been campaigning on mandatory labelling of palm oil since 2013. Wellington Zoo and Unmask Palm Oil reiterated the call this weekend for clarity on the Government’s position.

on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - 18:15

The Government must give the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) more inspectors, resources and independence so it can do its job, the Green Party said today after tonight’s release of new footage of the mistreatment of bobby calves.