Waiter, there’s a hare in my pie!

Originally published at scoop.co.nz Most New Zealanders are familiar with the joke about the safety of eating overheated pies. In 2009 police dog handler Guy Baldwin was caught on camera telling a teenage car-jacker that his pie will be “thermo-nuclear” after being in the warmer since 3 am. He advised him to “always blow on…

Theo Spierings – Fat Cat with the cream

Originally published at scoop.co.nz The recent news that Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings was paid $8.32 million in 2017 has caused a stir. This huge salary seems incongruous with recent stories of farmer debt, suicide and struggle in New Zealand. Fonterra is a multinational dairy cooperative which is owned by approximately 10,500 New Zealand dairy…

Vigil aims to highlight plight of bobbies

Originally published at scoop.co.nz Its nearly Spring, but many new-born calves will never feel the warmth of the sun on their backs. Already a significant number of calves who were born this winter died before the first daffodil unfolded. They were quite literally born to die. This Saturday September 2 a peaceful bobby calf vigil…

Uruti possum hunt and school violence

Originally published at scoop.co.nz It’s the stuff of childhood nightmares and yet twice as scary because it is real. Children at many rural schools in New Zealand are encouraged to not only participate in killing animals, but also to dress them up in a range of creative and yet ghoulish postures. The latest death fest…

The Meat movie

Originally published at scoop.co.nz The feature documentary that is on everyone’s lips at the moment is quite simply called Meat. Producer David White has gone behind the scenes of an industrial pig farm, a chicken farm and a sheep and beef farm. This movie also features a deer hunter. All of these people are at…

A Story of New Zealand Violence

Originally published at scoop.co.nz As New Zealanders we like to think of New Zealand as our ‘Godzone’; that little piece of paradise and a nation of animal lovers, outdoorsy types and friendly down-to-earth people. It’s our own Hans Christian Andersen version of our lives. It’s about as unrealistic as Snow White was pure. Every year…

Disturbing treatment of rodeo animals

Originally published at scoop.co.nz Recent footage at the mid-Northern rodeo showed animals in distress. Scenes included calves being electrically prodded, a bull crawling out of a chute on his knees and a horse being held down by six men. It’s disturbing. The scenes aired on Checkpoint on 23 January 2017, and already at least three…

Mad Butcher op ed

Originally published at scoop.co.nz The Mad Butcher debacle has captivated the country with all the dramatics of a season finale of Shortland Street. And let’s face it, Sir Peter Leitch is every bit as kiwi as Shorty and just as loved. According to one shopper interviewed outside the Mad Butcher store in Manukau last week…