"The dairy industry is lauded as being wonderful for New Zealand because it brings in a lot of money, but there are downsides to that industry," Kriek said. "We already know that there are severe environmental downsides. But now people can see there are animal-welfare downsides."
You can read the rest of Kriek's interview here. For more on what you can do about mistreatment in the New Zealand dairy industry, visit SAFE's campaign to stop factory farming.
ACTION GUIDE: Factory Farming/Humane Eating
An increasing number of people are concerned about the industrial production of meat -- the environmental impact, the potential health drawbacks and the needless suffering of millions of animals. If you are interested in trying to find meat that has not been produced in a factory farm, trySustainable Table'sEat Well Guide. The USDA providesthis guideto finding local farmers markets.You can also shop products that have theAnimal Welfare Approvedsticker, or a number label from theGlobal Animal Partnership (5 is the hightest and best). The different labels can be confusing, though -- the HSUS createdthis helpful primeron the major ones. For humanely gathered eggs, we recommend thisorganic scorecard; for fish, the Monterey Aquarium'sSeafood Watch is a great guide. (Of course, the most humane meat is no meat at all -- here are some great tips onvegetarian and vegan eating.)