Farmer charged over film show­ing him hit­ting cows

The Northland Age - - Local News -

A North­land sharemilke­r who was se­cretly filmed al­legedly vi­o­lently and re­peat­edly hit­ting cows with var­i­ous weapons, in­clud­ing a steel pipe, ear­lier this year has been charged un­der the An­i­mal Wel­fare Act.

The Min­istry for Pri­mary In­dus­tries (MPI) has re­vealed that it has filed charges af­ter re­ceiv­ing footage in June this year of a North­land sharemilke­r al­legedly hit­ting cows with a pipe and other im­ple­ments on a prop­erty west of Whanga¯rei.

MPI’s Man­ager of Com­pli­ance In­ves­ti­ga­tions, Gary Orr, said MPI has con­ducted a thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the in­ci­dent.

“Six charges have been filed against an in­di­vid­ual un­der the An­i­mal Wel­fare Act.

“As the mat­ter is now be­fore the courts, we will be mak­ing no fur­ther com­ment at this time,” Mr Orr said.

MPI would not say what the in­di­vid­ual charges were.

Footage of the al­leged abuse, covertly recorded and given to farm an­i­mal ad­vo­cacy group Farmwatch, showed the an­i­mals be­ing hit on the head and legs with farm tools and weapons.

A North­land sharemilke­r filmed al­legedly hit­ting cows with var­i­ous weapons, in­clud­ing a steel pipe, has been charged.

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