1000’s of protest submissions/watch our video

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.

By Jarrod Booker
4:00 AM Thursday Dec 10, 2009
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Green Party MP Sue Kedgley. Photo / Paul Estcourt
Green Party MP Sue Kedgley. Photo / Paul Estcourt
The Government is being accused of passing the buck on concerns about “factory farming” of dairy cows to an advisory committee.
But the Government says the Green Party is being irresponsible by suggesting it should step in to prevent large-scale cubicle barn farms going ahead.
Prime Minister John Key has said the Government does not support indoor farming such as that proposed for up to 18,000 cows in the South Island’s Mackenzie Country.
The Greens say such farming practices will wreck New Zealand’s international image. But those behind the proposals say the “factory farming” title is wrong, as the animals would be free to move about.
Under questioning in Parliament, Mr Key referred to the National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (Nawac) having developed a new welfare code for dairy cattle.
This draft code is currently being considered by Agriculture Minister David Carter, who has sought more advice from his officials about whether the code deals with the issue of indoor farming adequately.
Green Party MP Sue Kedgley said the tactic of relying on a welfare code to prevent factory farming would not work, and Mr Key was passing the buck.
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“He will have to take leadership himself, and confront the issue, and perhaps use the Government’s call-in power to stop this application, if he is serious about stopping it.”
Mr Carter said the Greens were running the same old argument when the law was clear about animal welfare issues.
“A minister doesn’t suddenly respond to an incident like the last few days by writing a code and promulgating it. And it is irresponsible of the Green Party and Sue Kedgley to continue to call for that sort of response.”
Nawac chairman John Hellstrom said he was uncomfortable with the farming methods proposed, but he had advised Mr Carter it would be a poor choice to try to revise the draft welfare code currently on the table.
This would delay having the code in place by up to a year, when there were already “quite substantial” safeguards.
Public submissions on the proposals close on December 18.
Jarrod Booker says the Government is being accused of passing the buck on concerns about “factory farming” of dairy cows to an advisory committee.
But the Government says the Green Party is being irresponsible by suggesting it should step in to prevent large-scale cubicle barn farms going ahead.
Prime Minister John Key has said the Government does not support indoor farming such as that proposed for up to 18,000 cows in the South Island’s Mackenzie Country.
The Greens say such farming practices will wreck New Zealand’s international image.
Under questioning in Parliament, Mr Key referred to the National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (Nawac) having developed a new welfare code for dairy cattle.
This draft code is currently being considered by Agriculture Minister David Carter, who has sought more advice from his officials about whether the code deals with the issue of indoor farming adequately.
Green Party MP Sue Kedgley said the tactic of relying on a welfare code to prevent factory farming would not work, and Mr Key was passing the buck.
“He will have to take leadership himself, and confront the issue, and perhaps use the Government’s call-in power to stop this application, if he is serious about stopping it.”

The majestic Upper Waitaki & important recreational lakes such as Lakes Benmore and Aviemore are at risk of contamination from effluent and nutrient runoff.

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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4 thoughts on “1000’s of protest submissions/watch our video

  1. Carl McNeil is right – we need more people like you, organised, campaign savvy, and angry about the future of New Zealand’s animals, image, water ownership; all those things. Thank you.

  2. Enough is enough. Look to the Waitakere Ranges Heritage Act. Its an Act that has saved Aucklands precious jewel from further development erosion. Thanks for the videos I really had know idea this was going on.

  3. This isn’t about mistreatment of cows. The much bigger issue is the toxic destruction of delicate eco-systems of national heritage. Short term profit takers stealing from those humans who will walk this earth in future years to come. This is the brink of a catastrophe and not only should further dairying and water abstraction be stopped – we should roll back all current dairying in this area. If these developers disguised as farmers really want to contribute to our economic wellbeing, laying pristine land to waste is too high a price for our great grandchildren to pay. This is a Dow chemicals toxic site-scenario on a massive scale. I encourage all readers and supporters to read Sam Mahon’s “The Water Thieves” and “Canterbury’s Wicked Water” by Murray Rogers (available at libraries) to see where this ecological devastation is taking the planet. Kill off Mother Nature and she can’t support human life. The dairy markets in India and China are insatiable – we could poison the whole country and never satisfy the demand. We don’t need it.

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