The Animal Welfare (Pigs) Code of Welfare 2010 has been issued by the Minister of Agriculture, on the recommendation of the National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (NAWAC). The Code is effective from 3 December 2010 and covers all aspects of pig farming, and has the support of the New Zealand Pork Industry Board. In time codes of welfare covering Transportation and Slaughter will be issued – currently advisory codes are available.
The code is available for download from MAF or contact NZPork for your copy.
Inspection powers under the Animal Welfare Act 1999
Inspectors are entitled to enter property to inspect animals at any reasonable time. A full copy of the act is available here
Animal welfare inspectors may be appointed from within the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) or SPCAs – which are ‘approved’ organisations under the Animal Welfare Act. Members of the police also have powers under the Act.
Under the Act, an owner/person in charge of an animal is entitled to ask for/seek a veterinary opinion if there is a difference of opinion between that person and the Inspector in regard to treatment of an animal/animals or actions determined to be appropriate as a result of the inspection.