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Top farmer’s tweets drag dairy industry through the dirt

July 13th, 2020
Nick Bertram was named Share Farmer of the Year on Saturday. OPINION: When Tararua sharemilker Nick Bertram was crowned 2020 Share Farmer of the Year, nobody could have predicted how quickly his victory would turn sour – except the judges who awarded him the title. Read more

Dairy farmer stripped of national title after offensive tweets surface

July 13th, 2020
Share Farmer of the Year Nick Bertram has been stripped of his award. Tararua dairy farmer Nick Bertram says he is a victim of “cancel culture” after being stripped of his Share Farmer of the Year title over a series of offensive tweets. Bertram and his wife, Rose, took out...

Calls to ban ‘inherently cruel’ duck shooting ahead of opening weekend

July 10th, 2020
With this year’s duck shooting season starting on Saturday, an animal rights group says 200,000 birds will be maimed and left to die in agony over the course of the season. But hunters have defended the sport, insisting the group’s “numbers simply don’t add up” and do not reflect reality....

Anger at Winston Peters’ ‘make racing great again’ leads to petition against Government funding for racing industry

July 10th, 2020
As the racing industry continues to toast a mega-million dollar financial shot in the arm, New Zealand animal welfare groups are outraged, shocked and angry over the taxpayer-funded bailout. As strange as it sounds given New Zealand is facing so many post-Covid-19 issues, the racing support package – announced by...

The real price of eating pork

July 10th, 2020
A case over the treatment of pigs in New Zealand will be in court in less than two weeks. Pat Baskett takes a look at the potential impacts of the outcome. Phoebe was a pig I wrote about some years ago. Her life was a misery. She lived in a...

Fight for better protection of pigs goes to the High Court

July 10th, 2020
Two animal welfare organisations have gone to court to improve the protection of pigs. File image. Photo: 123RF One of them is SAFE, or Save Animals from Exploitation, which is renowned for its high profile campaigns against the like of abuse of bobby calves and keeping chickens in cages. Read...

Cows in mud: Photos reignite winter cropping debate

July 10th, 2020
Photos allegedly taken by a Fiordland resident and supplied by Safe show cows in mud-filled paddocks with no shelter. Photos of cows in muddy conditions show the “outrageous failure” by officials to act on winter grazing practices, an animal rights group says. Read more

‘An outrageous failure’: New photos spark fresh debate over winter grazing

July 10th, 2020
The issue of winter grazing is back in the spotlight after an animal rights group released photos of cows in mud on Thursday. SAFE accused the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) of “an outrageous failure” to enforce rules aimed at protecting stock. Read more

The most significant animal welfare court case in NZ history

July 10th, 2020
More than half of New Zealand’s pig farmers could be left in financial ruin if a first-of-its-kind court challenge is successful. The High Court is reviewing whether the use of cages in pig farming is actually illegal under the Animal Welfare Act. It’s the first case of its kind in...

NZ should follow moves overseas to ban colony eggs, animal rights group says

July 10th, 2020
Safe photographed chickens in colony cages at Northern Eggs near Whangārei in December. Animal rights group Safe says New Zealand should follow Colorado, United States, which is the latest to ban caged hens. It was the fifth US state to do so. Colony cages were also being phased out in...

Cow-beating footage thrown out in court

July 10th, 2020
A Northland contract milker caught on hidden camera beating cows with a steel pipe has had five charges against him dropped after a judge ruled the footage was obtained unlawfully. While it was agreed the footage – first exposed in a Newsroom story in 2018 – showed the mistreatment of...

Camera never lies, but can be set aside

July 10th, 2020
Cat MacLennan argues there’s scanty evidence for a decision to rule footage of a sharemilker beating cows with a metal pole inadmissible on the grounds it would encourage more undercover filming The judge in the cow cruelty case of Ministry for Primary Industries v Luke ruled that hidden camera film...

Old foes united over farmer’s ‘shocking’ sentence

July 10th, 2020
Five charges against a Northland farmer were dropped after hidden camera footage was thrown out of court. (File photo) Dairy farmers and animal rights activists are united in their criticism of the sentence handed down to aWhāngāreifarmer after footage of him hitting cows with a metal bar was thrown out...

Northland farm abuse case: Minister rejects call for separate body to oversee animal welfare

July 10th, 2020
The Agriculture Minister has rejected suggestions by an animal rights group for a separate Crown entity to ensure animal welfare laws are adhered to. Damien O’Connor said there was a National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee and a separate ethics committee which provided plenty of independent oversight between them. Read more
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