New video footage shows potential abuse of young calves in New Zealand
New undercover footage has emerged of young ‘bobby’ calves in New Zealand, which one animal rights group says may lead to prosecutions.
New Zealand dairying has been hit in recent years as footage emerged of young unwanted male calves, known as ‘bobby’ calves being abused.
Now, Farmwatch - a New Zealand animal rights group - has released more footage, which it says indicates that cruelty towards bobby calves is still a widespread problem throughout the industry and not just a matter of a few bad exceptions.
It says the new footage has revealed the calves are still being subjected to the same cruelty that was discovered during an investigation last year.
Earlier this year, one man was convicted of abuse of bobby calves in New Zealand and was sentenced to home detention – an outcome the Minister for Primary Industries in New Zealand is challenging.
'Little has changed'
Farmwatch spokesperson John Darroch told FarmIreland.ie that the new footage shows little had changed since regulation changes.
"This treatment of animals was illegal and is still illegal under the Animal Welfare Act," he said. "Workers were doing it then, and they're still doing it now.
"If it were only a few people doing this, it would be impossible for us to get this footage."