. . . Michael James Whitelock pleaded guilty in Greymouth District Court on Monday to 12 charges, including ill treatment of animals, unlawful possession of firearms and attempting to pervert the course of justice.
He was bailed to his home in Timaru until sentencing on October 7.
Whitelock was the dairy manager for a Landcorp farm near Westport from July 2012 until his suspension in September 2013. A Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) investigation began that month after a Landcorp manager arranged for a vet to examine the herd. . .
There is no excuse for cruelty to animals.
People who can’t treat animals with the care and respect they deserve shouldn’t even contemplate working on a farm.
Nor is there any excuse for this:
A dairy farmer has been fined almost $73,000 for deliberately discharging effluent into his drains which then flowed into the Coromandel Peninsula’s Tairua River.
The 11 years of illegal discharges is “quite staggering”, the Waikato Regional Council says. . .
Accidents could happen on the best of farms. Deliberate discharges might still occur in third world countries but they should not happen here.