Animal activists occupy Gerry Brownlee's office

"We're willing to risk jail to speak up for the animals," they say.
"We're willing to risk jail to speak up for the animals," they say. Photo credit: Resist!

Animal activists have taken over National Party MP Gerry Brownlee's office in a symbolic protest against animal cruelty and factory farming.

"We are here to call the National Government to account. They have conducted review after review, yet animals still suffer in cages. We're willing to risk jail to speak up for the animals," says Resist! activist Shanti Ahluwalia.

"It goes to the very core of a government's character: how they treat animals. Animals are the most vulnerable among us, and whether or not the government will help them is very telling."

The activists have displayed signs through Mr Brownlee's window. One showed a hen with the message "end factory farming". The other showed a pig asking "if they won't help her, will they help you?"

"We are hoping to inspire a movement - a Resistance, so to speak. After 9 years of refusing to get these defenseless animals out of cages, the National government must be called to account," Mr Ahluwalia says.

"So we are saying to people who care about animals: now is the time. The National government has gotten away with cruelty for too long, and the election is our chance. Stand up and resist!"

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