SPCA New Zealand
Advice & welfare

Wild and Non-Domesticated Species Farmed for Food

SPCA opposes the farming of wild and non-domesticated species (such as ostriches, emu, crocodiles, alligators, and most species of marine fish) because it is impossible to replicate the environment which would be needed to fully ensure the animals’ welfare. SPCA advocates that, due to their temperament, non-domesticated species must not be transported or handled within standard slaughterhouse systems.

SPCA advocates that no animals should be farmed unless their physical, health, and behavioural needs can be met in a practical farming situation. This requires a thorough understanding of the species and the creation of an appropriate and safe environment that meets all of the animals’ welfare requirements.

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