MPI lays further charges over bobby calves

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The Ministry for Primary Industries has laid a second set of charges in relation to an investigation into alleged animal welfare offences involving bobby calves.

Four representative charges – laid against a company and an individual – have been filed at the Huntly District Court under the Animal Welfare Act and the Animal Products Act.

The first hearing in relation to these charges has been set down for 21 June 2016.

Ten charges were also laid against a separate individual in March this year. A hearing in relation to this charge has been set down for 2 June 2016.

MPI began an investigation in September 2015 after receiving many hours of footage recording alleged offences involving bobby calves in the Waikato region.

MPI Acting Director of Compliance Steve Gilbert says the investigation has been careful, methodical and is ongoing.

He says MPI investigators are actively pursuing other lines of inquiry and, as these matters are both under investigation and before the Court, MPI is unable to comment any further.

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