Mon, 18 Jul 2011 7:00p.m.
MAF wants to relax import standards on pork from countries known to have the viral disease Porcine Reproductive Respiratory Syndrome.
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13/09/2012 4:49:59 p.m.
I think by now we all know that we have more idiots sitting in Parliament than are in mental hospitals. They are as far away from nature as they can possibly get. Money is their God and they are too arrogant to listen to what the experts are telling them (the pig farmers and the Greens) We have idiots who know nothing of health and welfare getting top positions as though they are experts in the field they were given to serve. It's absolute madness and the wrong people are in those top positions and it appears that there is no common sense or a brain cell between them. We have a country that could be self sufficient with food, and could produce more than we need to trade for other things, but the stupidity of it, is that we live under draconian idiotic laws that is slowly soiling this country and killing the backbone of it. when that collapses we all fall down.
I won't touch any pork whatsoever, unless it is naturally grown, such as Freedom Farms. I will pay more and eat a little less which is not a bad thing healthwise anyway. Cages should be done away with immediately, or lets put those who want to keep them in a cage for a month and see how they come out of it, and then
decide if they are ok for another fellow creature to live it's life out in a cage. We humans are the most cruel, unfeeling creatures on this earth. Those who rear animals in cages have no empathy and I would call them psycopathic beings. animals have feelings, they feel pain, respond to love and care, they bleed the same as we do and nurture their young in a caring compassionate way,(only humans are so callous toward their young) and animals and birds grieve for their losses of partner or offspring.
20/07/2011 3:30:56 p.m.
Someone in MAF has been pushing for imports of raw pig meat from countries affected by PPRS for years. Jim Anderson as a minister in the last Labour government push this issue back to MAF for further investigation. I think either the Audit Office or Police should investigate MAF employees for possible corruption.
BIOSECURITY AUSTRALIA are watching this issue play out in New Zealand, because they also do not have PPRS and will not let unprocessed imports of pig meat into Australia. Australia is concerned that New Zealand could become the weak link in the chain and are concerned that MAF in New Zealand does not appear to have the intellectual depth to investigate PPRS objectively.
19/07/2011 10:14:05 p.m.
Niqi Biqi wrote:
We should all become Vegans... Problem solved.
19/07/2011 12:06:36 p.m.
Get a grip! We don't ever need to import pork. I agree with all above comments. Let's concentrate on feeding ourselves properly and exporting excellent food that is excess to our requirements rather than bringing in an inferior product for the sake of a trade deal. My priority is to have high-quality, local, seasonal food at a reasonable price accessible to Kiwis for the whole of life. End of story. We have the land, the water and the climate needed to easily achieve this. And a population of only 4m. We could be the best-fed country in the world. Just do it!
19/07/2011 9:51:09 a.m.
When will we learn that prevention is better than a cure. We are geographically isolated from our markets which is a disadvantage but we are disease free which is a huge advantage, why loose the one benefit we have...........stop being so short sighted and think of the next generation who will have to deal with the disease
19/07/2011 7:57:15 a.m.
I'm not reassured by MAF's predictions that this disease won't affect us. They've done an appalling job in many areas, albeit with few resources. Can we get a MAF person (or even better, the Minister) in to discuss the subject?
18/07/2011 9:44:57 p.m.
The Americans' price for having a free trade agreement? (As well as many other conditions I'm sure) Seems a pretty stupid idea.
18/07/2011 8:43:25 p.m.
I dont know why we need to import pork into New Zealand, if the country was run properly the need to import meat or vegetables wouldnt exist the money would be made in exporting products then prices in New Zealand wouldnt need to be as high as they are, we pay just as much sometimes more than what other countries pay for products we produce, NZ lamb in the UK can often be in the same price range as what we pay in our supermarkets here, ridiculous indeed so we import other countries products and any diseases or bugs they may have and jeopardize what we produce here all for a few quick dollars, go back to the good old days where New Zealand worked for New Zealand and didnt rip off ourselves.
18/07/2011 8:33:29 p.m.
We need to improve the diseases prevention.Or the happy pigs will become angry pigs.lol
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