It’s good to see Green MP Sue Kedgley calling on John Key to personally fix the abuse of pigs in sow crates. The chair of Nawac appears incapable of seeing that there’s even a problem, and the Minister of Agriculture has already been caught misleading the public on national television to defend the industry. It’s up to John Key to show some leadership and sort this mess out.
Speaking of leadership, what I’ve found most disappointing in this whole saga has been the deafening silence from Labour on the issue. The National Party was founded by farmers. They’ve always defended farmers for their bad behaviour and they always will. Labour has no excuse. Sure, you sat on your hands for nine years and let this continue without a word, but would it really hurt to take a stand on principle here?
Yes, there will be critics asking embarrassing questions about why you didn’t stand up for animal welfare when you had the chance, but if John “creeping communism” Key can swallow his pride and support Working For Families I’m sure you can do the same for something that, deep down, you actually believe in.