Mackenzie Guardians believe the real issue is that the Resource Management Act is not protecting our environment .
Submissions have now closed and Ecan says over 4000 submissions were received against the discharge water applications. Lets keep fighting to save the Mackenzie country and keep the pressure on our politicians.
Three companies have applied for resource consent to establish massive dairy farms in the Mackenzie Basin, otherwise known as NZ’s High Country.
We encourage everyone who loves the Mackenzie country and does not want to see the tussock uprooted and our rivers become toxic trickles because of factory farming to write to their MP objecting to these plans .
Tourism and international brand
•The Mackenzie Country is a major drawcard for international tourists, and the gateway to Aoraki / Mt Cook National Park. Over 200,000 international tourists visit the National Park each year
•New Zealand’s tradition of farming animals outside and on pasture is integral to our clean, green image and our competitive advantage. News that New Zealand dairy products come from factory farmed cows will undermine our international brand, which is unfair to the many good farmers who are farming sustainably.
Animal health and welfare:
•It is cruel to house cows inside without fresh air and sunlight for 8 months of the year and for 12 hours a day during summer.
•Animals confined in close quarters are at greater risk of injury and infection and are likely to need controlling with antibiotics.
The intense public interest, some of it from offshore, prompted the regional council to create a special section on its internet home page to cope with the number of inquiries, the Otago Daily Times reports.
Publicity about the proposals , which some are labelling “factory farming”, has prompted 1000’s of submissions, chief executive Bryan Jenkins says.
He says at times submissions were coming in at the rate of 20 an hour.
Publicity about the proposals on overseas websites had prompted submissions from as far away as France and Great Britain, as well as Australia.
Some of the submissions linked the issue of animal welfare, arising from housing cows in cubicles full-time for eight months of the year, and 12 hours a day for the remaining four months, with environmental factors.
The environmental issues include the large amount of effluent the 16 plants would produce – up to almost 1.8 million litres a day – being disposed of by way of irrigation and laying solids on the land.
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