Heads we win, Tails Herald Loses

You would think a story about a farmer breaking cow tails would have an image of a cow tail wouldn’t you?

Not so at the Herald. Instead they have a drooling gob of a cow.

Far be it from me to argue with “decent journalists, trained and skilled“:

cowtails

 

As for the substance of the story…pretty appalling behaviour from the cockie:

A dairy farmer convicted of breaking cows tails, in the worst case of its kind animal welfare authorities had ever seen, has been banned from owning cows for five years.

West Coast farmer Michael Jackson, 43, admitted breaking or injuring 230 cows tails trying to usher them into his milking shed.

He claimed the practice of tail twisting was widespread in the dairy industry.

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is calling on farm owners and the industry to report the animal cruelty.

Jackson pleaded guilty to a charge of failing to alleviate pain or distress in 230 injured dairy cattle under Section 11 of the Animal Welfare Act 1999.

At Christchurch District Court yesterday he was sentenced to 300 hours of community service, ordered to pay reparation of $223 for veterinary costs and was banned from owning cows for five years.

The damage to the tails occurred from about the end of October until late December 2010, with the farm owner being alerted to the situation at that time by another farm worker.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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