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August 03, 2020 -

NEW ZEALAND: Tougher fines for pollution than animal abuse

NEW ZEALAND: Tougher fines for pollution than animal abuse
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Over seven weeks in early 2018, hidden cameras filmed a Northland farm manager lashing out at cows with an alkathene pipe and a metal bar.

One was beaten so severely about the back legs with the bar, both legs were badly swollen and she struggled to walk.

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) launched an investigation after receiving the footage, captured by animal rights group Farmwatch, and later filed six charges against 62-year-old Michael Ian Luke.

Five of the charges, filed under the Animal Welfare Act, were dropped after the judge excluded the hidden camera footage.

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