Hodgkinson in hot water

The Daily Advertiser, July 19, 2013,

MINISTER for Primary Industries Katrina Hodgkinson will be asked to make a public apology after likening animal liberationists to terrorists.

Yesterday at the NSW Farmers Association general meeting Ms Hodgkinson came out swinging when talking about animal rights groups which covertly film piggeries to monitor the welfare of animals. 

It didn’t take long for her comments to reach the ears of welfare organisations. Her comments have been slammed as “baseless, outrageous and highly offensive”.

During her address  Ms Hodgkinson pointed the finger at Animals Australia.

“We have to win the fight on this one and we have to keep putting it up to city people that may not necessarily understand our farming practices and how important they are, that they can not support these groups such as Animals Australia and can not support what they’re doing,” she said. 

“These people are vandals. These people are akin to terrorists.”

The comment may end up costing her, with Animals Australia immediately calling for her to retract her comment and issue a public apology.

“The minister’s comments are baseless, outrageous and highly offensive not just to Animals Australia but to the thousands of Australians who care about animals and want to see them protected from cruelty,” the organisation’s communications director Lisa Chalk said. 

“Minister Hodgkinson will be receiving a letter from our legal counsel demanding a public retraction and apology.

“It is of deep concern that such reckless comments have come from a senior minister in the NSW government and one who is charged with overseeing the welfare of animals in that state.”

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One response to “Hodgkinson in hot water

  1. companionanimalnews

    My email to this Minister: “I Have just read about your stupid and ill thought through comments at the NSW Farmers Association meeting

    http://www.dailyadvertiser.com.au/story/1648011/hodgkinson-in-hot-water/?cs=12

    What I particularly detest about politicians is the way that you will say or twist anything to get votes – this time from Farmers.

    I have long been involved in speaking up for the animals and I support Animals Australia, Voiceless and others with a passion. My family does not eat meat, nor bird – we are very happy and fit on a fish/vegetarian diet (so yes we actively support agriculture and farmers, of course we do). I am a city person and I understand full well what goes on in a lot of farming practices – you don’t need to be Einstein to understand animal cruelty and identify those who perpetrate it and support it.

    For you to call Animals Australia “terrorists” is shameful and you should be ashamed of yourself.

    Disgusted

    PAUL ARCHER
    Managing Director, PACE Australlia

    Email address: ‘office@hodgkinson.minister.nsw.gov.au’

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