Animal Conservation

SunLive – King Salmon’s Death Considered Animal Welfare Disaster

New Zealand’s King Salmon revealed a 42% mortality rate for salmon they reared in warm water areas during their fiscal year ending January 31, 2022.

For salmon towed to colder waters, the mortality rate was 37%.

Anna de Roo, head of SAFE campaigns, says it’s a disaster for animal welfare.

“If it happened to cows or pigs, there would be investigations and prosecutions,” says Anna.

“Salmon are just as deserving of protection under the Animal Welfare Act, but currently have no protection code.

Such high mortality rates are completely unacceptable and warrant a full animal welfare investigation.”

Salmon in the wild would normally be able to swim in colder waters.

Factory farms trap them in warmer waters. Overpopulation, inability to escape danger, disease and heat stress kill hundreds of thousands of salmon every year.

Last summer New Zealand’s King Salmon made 160 trips to the Blenheim landfill dumping 1,269 tonnes of dead salmon. He currently has a resource consent application filed to open more farms.

“Fish feel pain and have the ability to experience similar positive and negative emotional states as other animals, but fish are clearly being ignored,” Anna says.

“Salmon farming is factory farming, which is inherently cruel. Argentina banned fish farming last year and Aotearoa needs to consider banning it as well.”

“As a starting point, farmed fish need a welfare code to begin to fight the terrible treatment of fish in factory farms.”