New Zealand: rise in animal abuse with example

The experts who are in the know say there “has been a rise in horrific acts of abuse against animals” in New Zealand. Below is a good example – if it is what it looks like. At the time of writing this, the matter is being investigated.

New Zealand cat shot with crossbow bolt

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So Moo Moo received a crossbow bolt through the head. Fortunately, it did not penetrate his brain. It looks horrendous but Moo Moo used up one of his nine lives because the bolt glanced off the cranium. Although when looking at the photo on the right it difficult to see how the bolt missed the brain. I am pleased to report that he is on the mend and will recover fully.

The injury and trauma suffered by Moo Moo is appalling but the bigger worry for people who are concerned about animal welfare in New Zealand is that the number of complaints to the SPCA in respect of animal abuse increased by about 6% from 2011 to 2012, with, as mentioned some particularly nasty cases.

The rise in animal cruelty coincides with a tightening up of the animal welfare laws and increased sentences, which are in the pipeline as I understand it. Also, to highlight the need for improved animal welfare in New Zealand, a musician, Tiki Taane will perform a song with lyrics based on suggestions by a Facebook group called “Paw Justice“.

I tried to find the lyrics or hear the song but failed to find it on the internet. Someone else might do better.

I wonder if what happened to Moo Moo and the increase in bad cases of animal cruelty is linked to what Dr. Morgan stated earlier on in the year. He encouraged the idea that unwanted cats should be killed.

To an outsider there appears to be a hardening of animosity from a segment of New Zealand society towards the stray cat. It smacks a bit of the cat haters of America and indeed any country.

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  • (the Moo Moo story)
  • (the rise in animal abuse)
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Michael Broad

Hi, I'm a 74-year-old retired solicitor (attorney in the US). Before qualifying I worked in many jobs including professional photography. I love nature, cats and all animals. I am concerned about their welfare. If you want to read more click here.

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14 Responses

  1. Caroline says:

    My bow is worth a lot more than his. Let’s just see…

  2. Caroline says:

    My point. Thank you. Why did you allow it to fizzle out.

  3. Caroline says:

    Michael, I had previously blocked this from my brain. my sorry-butt mistake. What has happened with this, to get this idiot to feel remorse for such a brutal assault?

  4. Caroline says:

    This just hit me tonight. Needs more attention. The alleged criminal is not vindicated. No remorse, it seems. Do you have an update that I missed? TIA -Cal

  5. Entertainment Today says:

    “The teenager who says he fired the crossbow that went through Moo Moo the cat’s skull told police he wasn’t aiming at him.

    Moo Moo had an extraordinarily lucky escape from death after the crossbow went through his skull, entering just above his eye and going right through, miraculously missing his brain.

    Wellington police spokesman Nick Bohm says an 18-year-old Wainuiomata man has turned himself in to police, who have subsequently seized a crossbow along with other items.

    “During his interview his explanation was that the cat walked into the path of the crossbow,” Mr Bohm told NZ Newswire.

    Police have yet to decide what charges should be laid, if any, but have been in touch with the SPCA.”


    So, according to your reasoning, if a cat jumps out in front of a car then the driver should be convicted and fined for hitting that cat? If the driver dies in a crash trying to avoid hitting that cat, then can his family sue you for everything you are worth for letting your cat run free? It’s one or the other. Which would you prefer have happen? Mind you, both scenarios are the DIRECT FAULT of the person who let the cat roam free. Make no mistake about that.

    • Michael says:

      So, according to your reasoning, if a cat jumps out in front of a car then the driver should be convicted

      Where did that idea from? I certainly did not state or imply that.

      The teenager says that the cat walked into the path of the bolt. Don’t you think that is a little farfetched and convenient? My initial reaction is that he is lying. Assuming the cat was walking or sitting on the ground what was the kid aiming at on the ground before the cat walked into the area? A muddy patch of grass?! It does not stack up does it?

    • Caroline says:

      Why are YOU allowed to be roaming free?

    • Caroline says:

      “Entertainment today?” btw, must be fun to be you and have no convictions in your faricking chosen career, hmm? Identify yourself. And then I will get some -not much- from deriding you, moneymonger.

  6. Michael says:

    Update: an 18 year-old man has admitted to shooting the crossbow bolt. It seems he did it deliberately but we are waiting to see if he will be charged and prosecuted.

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