$6000 fine doled out for goat suf­fer­ing

Ruapehu Press - - Out & About - STUFF.CO.NZ

A stock trader who trans­ported chron­i­cally ill goats - in­clud­ing one with a fly-struck in­grown horn - has been fined $6000.

Tau­marunui stock trader David Re­nouf Hutch­ings, 55, was sen­tenced in the Ro­torua District Court on Tues­day af­ter ear­lier plead­ing guilty to three charges.

The charges re­lated to Hutch­ings trans­port­ing 55 se­verely lame goats to a pro­cess­ing plant over three sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions.

One of the an­i­mals strug­gled to get up and used its knees rather than its hooves, a re­lease from the Min­istry for Pri­mary In­dus­tries said. An­other had an in­grown horn which was fly struck, and was se­verely lame.

Hutch­ings’ of­fend­ing was picked up by a Min­istry for Pri­mary In­dus­tries ve­teri­nar­ian on three oc­ca­sions in Jan­uary and Fe­bru­ary 2017, the state­ment said.

On the first oc­ca­sion, 24 of the 167 goats trans­ported were drafted out be­cause of se­vere lame­ness.

One goat had se­vere mus­cle wast­ing on a back leg, the state­ment said, and oth­ers were head­bob­bing, had cross legs, or were re­fus­ing to walk or limp­ing.

‘‘Those goats were pri­or­ity slaugh­tered.’’

The next time, 30 goats were drafted out for lame­ness and other wel­fare is­sues.

‘‘One goat was emer­gency slaugh­tered af­ter it showed signs of chronic sick­ness in­clud­ing de­pres­sion, poor body con­di­tion, nasal dis­charge and dif­fi­culty in get­ting up. The ten­dons and joint cap­sules in its knees were ex­posed due to the fact the goat used its knees rather than its feet.’’

On the third oc­ca­sion, one of the goats be­ing trans­ported was se­verely lame and had an in­grown horn which was fly struck where it pen­e­trated the skin.

A post-mortem ex­am­i­na­tion also re­vealed an open chest wound.

The goats in ques­tion suf­fered a great deal of pain as a re­sult of the trans­port­ing, Min­istry for Pri­mary In­dus­tries spokesman Bren­don Mikkelsen said.

‘‘Their in­juries and level of ill­ness were se­vere. Some un­der­went emer­gency and pri­or­ity slaugh­ter as a re­sult. Of­fend­ing like this will not be tol­er­ated,’’ he said.

Hutch­ings was fined $6000 un­der the An­i­mal Wel­fare Act and or­dered to pay court costs of $390.

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