Guilty plea following dairy investigation

The slaughterhouse worker who was caught on hidden camera brutally kicking, punching and throwing baby dairy calves has admitted his guilt in court today.

Whilst SAFE is glad to hear he will be held to account for his actions exposed in our investigation with Farmwatch eight months ago, the problem of systematic cruel treatment of animals remains unresolved. SAFE is very concerned that there was a lot of emphasis on the prosecution but not enough on preventing this happening again in the future.

It should not have to be left up to non-government investigators to expose abuse and force it to be acted upon. A report showed that the government knew about issues with bobby calf welfare as far back as 2011 but nothing was done. Even to begin to address the issues, they MUST separate out animal welfare from the Ministry of Primary Industries to avoid the current conflict of interest.

Last week it was announced that the Ministry of Primary Industries has laid further charges over treatment of bobby calves. The dairy investigation attacted huge interest, both in New Zealand and worldwide with millions watching the footage.


2 June 2016