Dairy farmer fined for amputating cow teats
A dairy farmer has been fined for unlawfully amputating the teats of seven cows using rubber rings as a tourniquet.
Pieter Nicholaas Smit, 60, was fined $3,250 after sentencing at the Morrinsville District Court for one representative animal welfare charge. He plead guilty to the charge at an earlier date.
The case was brought to court by the Ministry for Primary Industries.
MPI Animal Welfare and National Animal Identification and Tracing regional compliance manager Brendon Mikkelsen says Smit failed to provide appropriate care to the animals.
"Teat removal is a significant surgical procedure. It should be undertaken by a veterinarian using anaesthesia."
An animal welfare inspector visited Smit's property at Waiuku on May 20, after a complaint was made.
He admitted to using the rubber rings on the cows when mastitis did not clear up after treatment with antibiotics. The offending occurred over a 5-year period.
Teat removal is not a treatment for mastitis, and the practice is opposed by experienced veterinarians, says Brendon.
"In New Zealand, everyone must take responsibility for animal welfare.”
“We strongly encourage any member of the public who is aware of ill-treatment or cruelty to report it to MPI,” he says.
The animal welfare complaints freephone is 0800 00 83 33.