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September 30, 2009

Twice is coincidence . . .

Filed under: Uncategorized — danylmc @ 7:07 am

Here’s something I have yet to see discussed re Bernard Hickey’s excellent scoop about Crafer’s – this is the second time in five months that MAF has inspected a farm site owned by a senior figure in the industry and found nothing wrong (except, in Crafers case ‘management issues’) only to have independent investigators produce video proving that the animals on the farm were being horribly mistreated.

The Minister seems to be ducking the issue hoping that Fonterra and Crafer’s creditors can somehow sort things out and that seems to be where the media focus is at. If I was an animal rights activist I’d be looking to target MAF, not the farms. If they get embarrased a third time in the near future then I think they’ll some under serious political pressure to do their jobs as regulators properly.


  1. “I do not condone calves being treated badly,” he said, adding he cared more for his cows and calves than many humans.
    …“I’d much rather shoot a human than a calf.”

    Forget calling MAF – sic Child, Work and Family onto him.

    Comment by Ataahua — September 30, 2009 @ 7:24 am

  2. Crafer sounds like a psychotic. He’s claimed that his problems have been caused by ‘environmentalists and communists’ – this was after he got caught by the local council dumping raw sewerage into the rivers.

    Comment by danylmc — September 30, 2009 @ 7:42 am

  3. “Crafer sounds like a psychotic.”

    You misspelt ‘libertarian’ quite substantially there.

    Comment by Pascal's Bookie — September 30, 2009 @ 8:04 am

  4. worse, once he loses his farm he’ll likey end up working for federated farmers.

    and probably feel completely at home.

    Comment by Che Tibby — September 30, 2009 @ 8:39 am

  5. Animal rights activists have been on the case of MAF for a while – but it’s very hard to get movement on. MAF is backed to the hilt by the Minister (the last two and the current one), who shields them from having to do their job according to the law as it is written. New Zealand’s animal welfare act was praised as the best in the world when it was passed in 1999.

    If Labour were interested there’d be a chance of ‘political traction’. But they’re not, and won’t be while Anderton is their agriculture spokesperson (and he’s a rorter, the double-dipping hypocrite). I don’t expect his replacement to be any better.

    the media don’t think it’s sexy enough as a political issue. This video is considered sexy, because it has Bernard Hickey. Mike King was sexy too. It’ll get some attention. But that’s different to traction as a political issue. It’ll be in the news this week, and then nothing will be heard until the next atrocities are revealed. And nothing will happen.

    Comment by George Darroch — September 30, 2009 @ 10:24 am

  6. “he’ll likey end up working for federated farmers”

    He’ll probably end up working for Fonterra in China.

    Comment by Adhominem — September 30, 2009 @ 10:58 am

  7. Hmmm, shows the danger of having one organisation set/impliment/enforce policy whilst also cheerleading for the industry (which should only be FedFarmers role). There’s a lesson there, me thinks.

    Comment by Clunking Fist — September 30, 2009 @ 4:34 pm

  8. And today the CAA (another gummint body) says it knew safety was shite at Paraparaumu airport, yet nothing was done about it until a helicopter and aeroplane collided, killing three.

    So a farmer turned out to be a shit farmer and even shittier businessperson. Get over it, using him as the poster child for all free-enterprise is not a good look when it is free-enterprise that puts food on everyone’s table and pays the wages of all you statists.*

    * Actually, some of your wages are paid by gummint borrowing (i.e. by my children), but that’s hopefully a temporary phenomenon.

    Comment by Clunking Fist — October 1, 2009 @ 5:12 am

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