Farmwatch NZ has conducted a robust investigation into widespread cruelty in the New Zealand dairy industry. Their report was presented to the public on ‘Sunday’ TV1 @ 7:00 pm. The footage was sent to the NZ Ministry of Primary Industries 2 months ago, but the regulator has yet to take action against the people responsible.
The TV show only used clips from the original Farmwatch surveillance videos. The full version may be viewed below – viewer discretion is advised as some screens are incredibly brutal and violent.
The Dark Side of the NZ Dairy Industry
I don’t want to hurt farmers but I do want to expose what goes on in farms. We saw calves being torn from their mothers and left in the hot sun for hour after hour; thrown into trucks and then beaten to death.”
E2NZ is asking the NZ SPCA to investigate the people responsible for this barbarity and hold them to account in a court of law.
When the world sees this footage, how will international consumers react when they see the endemic cruelty behind the New Zealand dairy industry?
There has to be a better way:
Many Carter, from another organisation SAFE, reckons an estimated 1.5 million calves are the unwanted ‘by product’ of the dairy industry, and says that the Ministry for Primary Industries allegedly only has 10 inspectors for the whole of New Zealand.
It might mean bludgeoning them on the farm, it might mean sending them off to the slaughterhouse, but they’re worthless to them,” Carter said.
Further regulation was needed through legislative reform to monitor issues around animal welfare, as the present approach was “absolutely ridiculous,” she said.
“I guess there’s two issues. There’s the welfare of calves on the farm, and is it being monitored, which we know it’s not because MPI, Ministry for Primary Industries, has only 10 inspectors for the whole country which is absolutely ridiculous.
“The second issue is the dairy industry cruelty as a whole, the inherent cruelty in the industry which can’t be resolved.”
Bobby calves killed at a slaughterhouse often did not fare better than those killed on the farm, picked up at four days old and transported distances of 100 kilometres or more to be slaughtered, Carter said…” more here
Feel strongly about this abuse and inhumane treatment? the answer is in your hands – stop buying New Zealand dairy products.
Kiwi caught hammering Chilean calves to death, 1.5 million unwanted calves in NZ it took an outcry in Chile to shame NZ not to promote its barbaric farming practices abroad.
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The predictable reaction to the story is worth sharing.
They can’t handle the truth.
Interesting there hasn’t been much talk in the NZ press of using sexed semen to reduce the number of bobby calf births.
NZ dairy faces interesting times – especially if artificial milk becomes financially viable.
The situation with animal cruelty in the New Zealand dairy industry has been going on for many years. A study was conducted in 1998 on this exact topic, finding that tens of thousands of calves arrived at slaughterhouses in critical condition after not even being fed before making long journeys in overpacked cattle trucks days after their birth. It is a testament to how effectively this cruelty has been hidden that it hasn’t been exposed earlier.
Perhaps the New Zealand dairy industry is afraid that if the world REALLY knew how badly it treats cows, people overseas might stop buying New Zealand dairy products. With this industry alone having 95% of its product exported, and it accounting for nearly 30% of ALL exports for the entire country, there is good reason to be VERY nervous. If New Zealand gains a reputation overseas for cruelty in this industry, and their dairy products stop being bought, it could have serious economic consequences.
At this stage it wouldn’t surprise me, if we start seeing some serious damage control.
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Big tough men with microscopic genitalia. All these scumbags need to be prosecuted by the full extent of the law…but thats a joke in NZ as they will get away with it and continue to treat these animals like rag-dolls.
I hate humanity sometimes.
Thanks for sharing this sad and disturbing story. I managed to watch the entire programme and it was saddening but unsurprising. One of the activists had a South African accent, so no doubt the anti-foreigner antipathy will consume the Kiwis. The reaction from the Ministry of Primary Industries was predictable as was the solicitude shown for New Zealand’s reputation overseas. The best way to combat these types of practices is to boycott the products produced by these people.
Sickening. This was what I needed to make me give up milk, the stuff we get in New Zealand is disgusting anyway and watered down with permeate.
we have dropped the milk here too Anna. It actually helps just to feel a bit better in New Zealand. This is horrible ! I even want to become vegan now. I am glad people are getting more aware of this although I am sad to believe that probably most Kiwi’s don’t care… as you can see from the facebook reaction’s on this programme…
Almost amusing that there has been more “pommie bashing” in some online forums because a New Zealand based charity placed that advert about NZ dairy problems in the Guardian. All sorts of comments about Mad Cow disease etc. That rightly deserves criticism but in this Dairy farming issue it is not people in the UK who are concerned about this issue so to try and turn this into a debate about malpractice in other countries is annoying.
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