NZMWU absolutely condemns any cruel treatment of animals whether during the transportation or processing for meat production.

We support safe and humane handling of animals, during transportation and unloading of livestock, the construction of races and holding yards or other infrastructure that facilitates the smooth movement of animals involving the least amount of stress, the handling of animals that involves the least amount of prodding or handling, and that animals are either stunned or rendered fully unconscious prior to slaughter.

Our organisers do a very good job in protecting animal welfare rights in all meat works by giving pertinent information to their shed officials and delegates regularly about animal handling policies, so the union officials can monitor humane treatment of animals in all operations.

If you have any concerns regarding animal welfare in your workplace you think we should know about, contact your local delegate or email: email