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2 Dozen NZers in Climate Change Demo

Posted by te2ataria on December 21, 2009

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Protesting the leading cause of climate change in New Zealand: Dairy Factory farming

Fonterror, Crafar family, unlawful discharge of effluent, Climate Change demonstrators

On the day that Hillside Ltd a dairying company owned by the Crafar family pleaded guilty to 4 charges of unlawfully discharging effluent to land and breach of an abatement notice, 2 climate change protesters suspended themselves from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s headquarters in Wellington, protesting the leading cause of climate change in New Zealand—dairy factory farming.


Abseilers hang a climate change protest banner outside the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT), Wellington, New Zealand, Monday, December 21, 2009. Credit: NZPA/Ross Setford. Image may be subject to copyright.

The 2 activists scaled the MFAT’s Lambton Quay headquarters earlier today, unfurling a banner with the slogan “Got Climate Change?” and a “Fonterror” logo.

They targeted MFAT because it promoted dairy giant Fonterra’s interests overseas, they said.

The two  were subsequently arrested and banned from going near the building for two years.

“They came down about 11.45am, met by police who asked them a number of questions, then trespassed them from the building – inside and out – for two years.” A report said.

It remains unclear as to who gave the police the power to ban people from buildings without a court order!

One of the climbers, John Darroch, said his protest action was targeted at Christmas shoppers. He wanted them to stop, look and, perhaps, think.

“I think it drew attention to the role dairy farming plays in climate change. Hopefully, it will inspire other people to take action,” he said.

In a similar protest in Wellington, police arrested 9 demonstrators for blocking the entrance to the New Zealand Stock Exchange (NZX) building.

About 2 dozen people demonstrated in the noisy, colourful protest, to disrupt “the root causes of climate change”.

Meamwhile, back at the ranch…

Allan Crafar claimed he, his wife Elizabeth, and his brother Frank were being unfairly targeted concerning dirty dairying and animal welfare.

“The Crafar family, based in the Bay Of Plenty at Reporoa, built a dairying empire of 22 farms with 20,000 milking cows, 10,000 other stock, 200 staff and around $200 million of debt with Westpac, Rabobank and PGG Wrightson Finance.” A report said.

Crafar Farms are New Zealand’s biggest family-owned group of dairy farms, and were placed in receivership on October 5.

Wondering why the numbers of protesters are so pathetically low? New Zealanders are taught: “You can’t have your climate change demo and screw your tourists, too!”

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