We also note that the Minister of Agriculture David Carter wants SAFE to identify the property where the secret footage was obtained, so that MAF animal welfare officers can investigate whether it is in breach of the Animal Welfare Act. We regard this as a totally appropriate response from the Minister - to firstly have officials investigate whether the allegations have substance before committing to a course of remedial action, if indeed such a course is required.
However the Herald is reporting that SAFE is, at this stage, declining to co-operate. Why on earth would that be, we wonder. Well, have a read of this:
The pig farm at the centre of an animal welfare campaign will not be named by animal rights campaigners immediately for publicity reasons, despite government authorities being keen to investigate.
Agriculture Minister David Carter is calling on animal rights campaigners to release the name and location of the pig farm where shocking images of pigs were filmed and shown on television last night.
The images showed pigs frothing at the mouth and unable to move inside their cages and aired on TVNZ's Sunday programme.
Mr Carter said the farm would be inspected by authorities.
"The television images were disturbing. It is essential we find out if this intensive pig farming operation is in breach of the Animal Welfare Act," Mr Carter said in a statement released this morning.
However, SAFE campaigner Hans Kriek said he would not be disclosing the information immediately.
When asked by nzherald.co.nz if that was due to publicity, Mr Kriek said yes.
"I'm not going to give you all the details of our strategy, which is a very sound one," Mr Kriek said.
OK - let's get this straight. SAFE is an acronym for Save Animals From Exploitation. SAFE believes that pigs are being mistreated, and that there are significant animal welfare issues. However SAFE will not co-operate with the authorities because it doesn't fit the organisation's "strategy". Meanwhile, we presume that the pigs in question will continue to be "mistreated", if indeed there has been any mistreatment at all.
Again we ask - why is SAFE not helping the animal welfare authorities? We smell a rat, and wonder of Mike King might be smelling a kiore too.