When a television show gives only one side of a story, I wonder what the other side would say.
Good journalism requires balance. Sunday should have given the farmers an opportunity to give their side of the story and it would have helped to have a vet’s point of view too.
There are no excuses for mistreating animals and saying it happens elsewhere is no excuse for cruelty. But nothing is gained for animal welfare if the pork industry here is killed and replaced by meat from overseas where pig farming practices are no better and possibly even worse.
Minister of Agriculture David Carter has asked animal campaigners to reveal the location of the pig farm shown on Sunday.
“If SAFE has the welfare of these animals at heart, it needs to provide details of the property today so the authorities can the take appropriate action. I have asked MAF to undertake an inspection as soon as we know the farm’s location,” Mr Carter said.
That is a very sensible response because MAF can’t do anything until they know where the property is.
It raises the question of why SAFE hasn’t already gone to the authorities and any further delay in doing so would suggest they care more about publicity for their campaign than the welfare of the pigs.
UPDATE 2: The Bull Pen has more with King hit on pig farming.
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.
The organisation which is supposed to save animals from exploitation is exploiting animals by putting publicity before the pigs.