The New Zealand Animal Law Association is concerned that the welfare needs of farmed animals in New Zealand are not being met. We’ve just released a report on this topic, with a particular focus on pigs, dairy cattle, layer hens, meat chickens and fish.


We make a number of recommendations in the report, including a comprehensive review of the codes of welfare and regulations, as well as a review of the processes by which the codes and regulations were established by the National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (which sits under the Ministry for Primary Industries).



Schmidt K, Duffield D, Rodriguez Ferrere M, and Knight A. (2021). Farmed Animal Welfare Law in New Zealand: Investigating the Gap Between the Animal Welfare Act 1999 and its Delegated Legislation. Wellington: New Zealand Animal Law Association.