Animal cruelty sentencing a balancing act
2 September 2013
cruelty sentencing a balancing act
Sentencing of a farm worker in Hamilton District Court today shows animal welfare is being taken seriously by the courts, in a fair and balanced approach.
“Federated Farmers feels the sentencing sends a clear message that animal cruelty will not be tolerated,” says Willy Leferink, Federated Farmers Dairy Spokesperson.
“Rather than hanging the individual out to dry, we need to learn from these issues and minimise the opportunity of this happening again. We feel this sentencing has got the balance right and by no means undermines the seriousness of the crime.
“It is also important to note that there are resources available to farmers and their staff. Dairy NZ offers farmers confidential support where animal welfare may be at risk. This service has been successful in helping farmers manage their animals and farm to get back on track,” concluded Mr Leferink.
Federated Farmers Employment Spokesperson, Katie Milne, says harming animals is unacceptable in any case. Losing your temper and injuring animals costs the farm in lost production and the need for veterinary help later.
“We have had a few cases rear their heads due to the calving season. This is a time to assess who we are hiring whether they are hot-headed and prone to lashing out,” says Ms Milne.
“All staff need education on how to handle animals because animal abuse is inexcusable. We recently sent out an important survey to our members regarding the issue, and hope to get some conclusive information on how we can better inform our members,” Ms Milne concluded.
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