Farmer charged over film showing him hitting cows
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.