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New Zealand Animal Law Association to assist the Auckland SPCA with animal welfare prosecutions – October 2015

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NZALA has launched a new pro bono project, providing the Auckland SPCA with legal advice in relation to its animal welfare prosecutions. The work involves completing initial file reviews of relevant facts and evidence, and writing legal opinions advising on whether an animal welfare prosecution should be pursued, depending on evidential sufficiency and public interest….

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Record sentence for animal abuser – October 2015

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A dairy worker, Michael James Whitelock, has been handed down New Zealand’s longest-ever prison sentence for animal cruelty (four and a half years’ imprisonment and a 10-year disqualification from owning animals). This sentence was given after cows were beaten, and had their tails broken and were shot in the kneecaps, on a farm that Whitelock…