Hi I'm Lucy

Hi I'm Lucy

- and I need you to VOTE FOR ME!

- and I need you to VOTE FOR ME!

On September 23, 2017, New Zealanders will head to the polls to determine who'll be running the country for the next three years. Your vote could make a huge difference for pigs like me, who are suffering on factory farms.

On September 23, 2017, New Zealanders will head to the polls to determine who'll be running the country for the next three years. Your vote could make a huge difference for pigs like me, who are suffering on factory farms.

Imagine a world where all animals are free to breathe fresh air and bask in the sunshine; where mother pigs are able to build a cosy nest to nurture their curious, contented babies.

But thousands of loving mothers like me have everything that makes life worth living taken away from us, when we are locked in farrowing crates in dingy windowless sheds on factory farms.

Factory farming is THE number one animal welfare issue today, with millions of animals confined in cruel intensive farming conditions. The government that gets voted in will be in the position to pass legislation to make cruelty like farrowing crates history. Find out which parties care enough to consign these cruel crates to the history books, and improve the lives of other animals.

September 23 is your opportunity to create a more compassionate New Zealand; one where animals get the freedom they deserve.

Please, make your vote count for me, and all animals.
Please, make your vote count for me, and all animals.

Talk to your MP

Never before have factory farmed animals had such a powerful voice in the lead up to an election. And that powerful voice is yours. By letting your MP know you want farrowing crates banned you’ll help bring us closer to achieving our goal.

The politicians we elect on September 23 can either champion change for animals, or be a roadblock for the next three years. Now it’s your chance to ensure the needs of animals are heard by talking to your local MP.

During the run up to the election, there will be opportunities to meet face-to-face with current MPs and candidates which are not available between elections. There are public candidate meetings, street meetings, community events and more where you can talk to candidates.

Talking to an MP in person might seem like a challenge, but it’s also a great opportunity for animals.

Not sure where to start with talking to an MP or candidate? Watch the video below to get some answers.

We’d love to hear how your meeting went and what feedback you got, please let us know!

Arrange a time

Contact the MP’s office to make an appointment. Ask how much time you’ll have. Arrive a few minutes before the appointment.

Know the issue

Have a clear ask for the MP with points to explain why. If possible take in visuals to show or play. There are some on our youtube channel and flickr account, but be sure to ask if the MP wants to see them before showing anything too graphic. You can take them this information sheet to keep.

Know your MP

To get the most from the meeting it’s good to get to know a bit about the person you’ll be talking to. If they have them, have a look at their website, Wikipedia page and any information on their party’s website. Also have a look at the policies page and see if their party has a stance already.

Create a dialogue

A discussion will be remembered and responded to, better than a lecture. Let them respond to your points. Listen and address their concerns with understanding.

Be pleasant

Give a positive impression. The aim is to bring them on board to support animal issues, not push them away.

List key points

Politicians are busy, and unexpected events occur. Be prepared to be interrupted and have your time cut short. If this happens, be polite. Give an extremely brief summary and request a follow up.

Check out actor Emmett Skilton meeting with his local MP