Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Ill treatment of cow earns farm manager community service

29 March 2012

Ill treatment of cow earns farm manager community service

A Whangarei farm manager has been convicted under animal welfare legislation after an investigation by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF).

Wilson Komene was sentenced in the Whangarei District Court on 27 March for reckless ill treatment of an animal under the Animal Welfare Act 1999 and ordered to complete 100 hours of community service.

In February 2011 Mr Komene sent cattle to a local processing plant where staff noticed that a cow had an extremely swollen eye and was without a veterinary certificate stating it was fit to be transported.

Examination by a MAF vet and independent post mortem confirmed that the cow’s condition was an advanced and severe case of cancer of the eye. The eye and right side of the head were grossly swollen; there was brown discharge from the eye, extensive scar tissue on the cornea, and a bacterial infection. The vet determined it is likely there would have been considerable pain and suffering from this tumour especially from the pressure and irritation on the sensitive tissues of the eye.

When interviewed by a MAF Animal Welfare Investigator, Mr Komene admitted he knew the cow had a swollen eye some months before and tried to treat it himself. However, he did not seek any veterinarian advice and knew things had gotten worse.

MAF Regional Operations Manager Ross Thurston says cases of untreated cancer eye like this are simply unacceptable, especially since treatment can easily be sought.

“Cancer eye is treatable and recovery rates are near on 90%. There is no excuse for animals to be unnecessarily suffering because of it and we take reports very seriously.”

“Everyone who works with animals has to take responsibility for their health and welfare, and prevent unnecessary pain and suffering. MAF will continue to take a hard line with those that don’t comply and it is positive knowing that others involved in the chain are aware of that and are reporting cases like this to us so we can act appropriately.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Wellington: Covid Alert Level 2 now in force – no new cases but 420 contacts in isolation

New South Wales health officials have confirmed an epidemiological link of the Australian tourist who returned to Sydney and then tested positive to the Bondi cluster, providing reassurance the person did not contract COVID-19 in Wellington. Genome sequencing of the visitor is underway... More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Barriers Facing Female Country Musicians, And The Weekly Playlist

Like no other performer in popular culture, Dolly Parton is loved and respected by people from opposite ends of the political spectrum, and every point in between. Her hits stopped coming a while ago, though... More>>

 



Media: Have Your Say On An Inquiry Into The Radio New Zealand Charter

The Economic Development, Science and Innovation Committee is calling for submissions on its inquiry into the review of the Radio New Zealand Charter. Radio New Zealand Limited (RNZ) was established under the Radio New Zealand Act 1995 as an independent multimedia organisation and Crown entity. ... More>>

Hate Speech: Social Cohesion Programme To Address Incitement Of Hatred And Discrimination

The Government is launching a significant programme of work to strengthen social cohesion in New Zealand and create a safer, more inclusive society. Thework is part of the wider response to recommendations from the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the terrorist attack on Christchurch masjidain... More>>

ALSO:

National: Minister Little All Out Of Answers On Mental Health

In Parliament today Health Minister Andrew Little had few answers to my questions on the mental health crisis Labour has allowed to balloon in their nearly four years in Government, National’s Mental Health spokesperson Matt Doocey says... More>>

ALSO:


Government: New Members Appointed To Waitangi Tribunal

Minister for Māori Development, Hon Willie Jackson, today announced the appointment of three new members to the Waitangi Tribunal and the reappointment of one existing member to the Waitangi Tribunal... More>>

NZNO: Nurses Reject DHB Offer And Confirm Strike Action

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation says its 30,000 members who work in DHBs have voted overwhelmingly to reject a second offer in their current round of multi-employer collective agreement (MECA) negotiations... More>>

ALSO:


 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels