Animal cruelty comes at a price in NZ
The consequence of cruelty to animals has cost a New
Zealand poultry company $20,000 in fines. Additionally, the owner may not own
birds for the coming 10 years.
The Wellington SPCA pursued charges against Wellington Egg Company after
receiving a complaint from a member of the public. Director of the company,
Trevor Soon Chin, pleaded guilty to several charges of animal cruelty and was
recently sentenced in Wellington District Court.
The company was fined $20,000 for four charges of failing to provide
adequate shelter or water, and Chin was sentenced to 400 hours of community
service and disqualified from owning birds for 10 years for charges of ill
The judge said that he wanted to make it clear to the farming community as
a whole that cruelty would not be tolerated.
It was the first prosecution in New Zealand of a commercial battery chicken
farm for breaches of the minimum code of standards under the Animal Welfare Act.
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