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Milking shed beatings show need to enforce our animal welfare laws

The Green Party has called for a review of MPI’s investigation of a milking shed after new footage of dairy cow abuse was released by Newsroom today.

“The footage is absolutely shocking and beating animals with steel tubes should have no place on New Zealand farms,” says Green Party animal welfare spokesperson Gareth Hughes.

“This should have been detected and prosecuted the first time the farm was investigated.

“MPI needs to do its job and investigate or the entire country’s animal welfare standards will be questioned.

“New Zealand needs a zero tolerance approach to animal abuse.

“It highlights why we need an Independent Commissioner for Animals to review inspections such as this to ensure the highest standards of animal welfare,” says Mr Hughes.