I want to be in a sow crate with Sue!

As if it isn’t enough that every politician and his dog is suddenly welling up over our nation’s tortured pigs, last night on Back Benches Peter Dunne claimed to have been in a sow crate with Sue Kedgley. Now, you can’t criticise the man’s taste, but I’m afraid that this is wishful thinking. Sue says she and Peter never shared a sow crate. She says there simply isn’t room in a sow crate for two people. Sue thinks Peter may have confused sow crates with hen cages. I guess that could happen to anyone.

Sue has been in a mock hen cage with a range of MPs, including Peter Dunne and Stephen Franks.

Also on Back Benches, Labour MP Grant Robertson talked about needing to farm humanely and sustainably. Good on him! We agree, but sadly that didn’t happen during the 9 years of a Labour Government. The Labour Government supported sow crates and battery hen cages, and refused to phase them out, even though both codes were reviewed under their watch.

I think that it’s not enough to say you’ve been in a sow crate with Sue – it’s time for every MP to call on the Government to take action to phase out sow crates. Torturing animals is not okay.

Sue has asked the Pork Industry Board if she can take a cross party group of MPs to look at an intensive pig farm that uses sow crates. She hopes lots of MPs will want to join the tour.

19 thoughts on “I want to be in a sow crate with Sue!

  1. 34 years ago I raised my own pigs to feed my family & make a few bob.
    I have not tasted real pork since then—until last night & again tonight.
    In pure indignation (because I always thought buying NZ pork was good enough) I bought Freedom Farm http://www.freedomfarms.co.nz bacon & 2 pork chops.
    I am over the moon — at last pork like Momma made; as the kids would say. Worth every extra penny you pay.
    I will only have it once a month, but boy will we be looking forward to that meal.

    Sharing a crate of anything with Peter Dunne would be far too traumatic for me.

  2. Thanks for finding that pic, & clearing up my hazy memory of the event.

    Steven Franks has that peculiarly ski-inspired winter tan beloved of Wellingtonians of a certain demographic, back in the 90’s – I’d forgotten how orange some people used to go – much stronger sunscreen used now, of course.
    Certainly looks like an experimental beast …

  3. I remember going to the SAFE sow stalls campaign launch at the Body Shop in Wellington in 2001. There was a cage set up inside the shop (with plenty of room, and provision of straw) in order to display Boris the pig. Peter Dunne came to the launch, together with Winston Peters. To create a photo opportunity, Winston was asked to step inside the cage with the pig. I saw the expression on his face and he appeared absolutely disgusted at having to share a cage with a filthy sweaty beast.

    Winston did not look too pleased either.

  4. The WTO is really the problem here re being able to enforce animal welfare (and, for that matter, environmental sustainability) policies.

    There needs to be a balance – freedom of trading should not supersede all other considerations, as it does now. Problem is, for Labour supporters, your parliamentary representatives have taken us further down that track, and it is very hard to go back.

  5. Looking at the picture again, I wonder if parliament would be more cooperative if we put opposition MPs together in hen’s crates until they came up with versions of the legislation that they could all agree on?

  6. I shared a crate with Tim one time, but he drank faster than I did and emptied 10 of the dozen.

    HA!!

  7. “He wasn’t an MP true, but he was a member of the Labour Party and “an advisor to the Prime Minister and to the Hon. Marian Hobbs”.”

    Okay, I take it back then.

    I must say I had no idea Marian Hobbs was recieving advice

  8. I think Peter Dunne’s memory must be failing him. It was a pork barrel he was in, and it was with Annette King.

    I suspect Stephen Joyce is also now about to climb into it with him.

  9. Shadbolt, on the other hand, would jump at the chance.
    I shared a crate with Tim one time, but he drank faster than I did and emptied 10 of the dozen.

  10. He wasn’t an MP true, but he was a member of the Labour Party and “an advisor to the Prime Minister and to the Hon. Marian Hobbs”.

  11. frog’s quote clearly gives Grant credit for his position. Of course he did work for Labour while they were in govt. I wonder what position he advocated for internally over the last nine years. Labour do need to be challenged when they conveniently change their positions for expedient political gain. Like Charles Chauvel saying in the Hutt News that Labour want more funding for insulation than is being called for in the Green New Deal stimulus package. And he WAS part of the previous govt that would have done far less if it weren’t for Jeanette.

  12. “Labour MP Grant Robertson talked about needing to farm humanely and sustainably. Good on him! We agree, but sadly that didn’t happen during the 9 years of a Labour Government.”

    with respect, Grant Robertson wasn’t part of that government. Give him a chance

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