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Animal welfare system ‘lacks funds to prosecute cruelty’

New Zealand’s animal welfare system is under-funded, and laws must be changed to allow a higher rate of prosecutions for animal cruelty, a report by Otago University law academics says.

It found only 2 per cent of cases reported in 2018 to animal welfare compliance authorities were recommended for prosecution.

“This meant in 2018 that the Ministry for Primary Industries recommended prosecution in 26 cases… of the 1,190 complaints it received; a significantly lower rate than other criminal offending,” the Otago report says.

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