We can stop people having animals but not children?


When Paula Bennett suggested that some people shouldn’t be allowed to have children there was an outcry…yet we have laws that prevent people having animals. There are plenty of people out there who treat their children no better than animals. We need to prosecute them in the same way:

A husband-and-wife cat-and-dog breeding team have been sentenced in what has been described as New Zealand’s biggest pet cruelty case.

After a lengthy trial David and Daryl Balfour were ordered to pay fines of $12,500 each to the SPCA by Judge Grant Fraser in the Palmerston North District Court this afternoon.

They were also disqualified from owning any cats, dogs, puppies of kittens for the next 20 years, except for any animals they already owned.

The Woodville couple would also have to pay the prosecution’s court costs, with that amount to be agreed to be lawyers from either side.

The Balfours had earlier been found guilty on three animal cruelty charges dating from August 2006 to March 7, 2007.

They couple were found guilty on one charge each of failing to prevent suffering for dogs and cats, and one of ill-treating cats, but were not guilty of ill- treating dogs.

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