‘Hor­rific’ footage warn­ing

Central Leader - - FRONT PAGE - JAMES PASLEY

Pro­test­ers plan­ning to pub­licly broad­cast ’’hor­rific’’ an­i­mal cru­elty footage in down­town Auck­land risk break­ing the law, New Zealand’s cen­sor­ship of­fice says.

The pro­test­ers, part of global an­i­mal rights or­gan­i­sa­tion Anony­mous for the Voice­less (AV), will play video footage on Queen St of an­i­mals be­ing bru­tally slaugh­tered for meat con­sump­tion.

Auck­land AV or­gan­iser Daniel Ruther­ford-Smith said the ac­tivists will screen ei­ther an­i­mal cru­elty doc­u­men­tary Earth­lings or footage from New Zealand an­i­mal ac­tivist group Farmwatch.

Of­fice of Film and Lit­er­a­ture Clas­si­fi­ca­tion spokesper­son Sue Hoyle said if AV used Earth­lings they would likely be com­mit­ting an of­fence.

The New Zealand clas­si­fi­ca­tion of Earth­lings de­scribes the doc­u­men­tary as con­tain­ing hor­rific images, in­clud­ing live an­i­mal skin­ning, slaugh­ter, abuse, vivi­sec­tion and can­ni­bal­ism.

It said the graphic na­ture of the con­tent and how it was de­picted was likely to sig­nif­i­cantly shock and dis­turb chil­dren and young teenagers.

Ruther­ford-Smith said there would be a back­lash. People would poke fun, try to ig­nore it or say that it didn’t hap­pen, but he was hope­ful it would open people’s eyes.

AV will be protest­ing on May 27.


AV will broad­cast hor­rific an­i­mal cru­elty footage on Auck­land’s Queen St.

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