Freedom from hunger and thirst

Wednesday July 17, 2019 Written by Published in Local
Melanie Cooper provides water to a thirsty cow near her property. Photo: Kirby Matysik 19071607 Melanie Cooper provides water to a thirsty cow near her property. Photo: Kirby Matysik 19071607

Local photographer Melanie Cooper has sparked concern and outrage after this weekend posting pictures of a bull tangled with a tree stump, which she said was left without food and water for three days.

 

Imagine waking up every morning to the sounds of distressed cattle.

Yesterday morning, Cooper said she could still hear the cow’s bellows from days of either being entangled in its rope, thirsty or without grass.  According to the New Zealand Animal Welfare Act, animals need to receive a diet in adequate quantities and of adequate nutritional quality, in order to meet their requirements for good health and welfare. One of the most important requirements is an adequate supply of water. A cow can only survive without water for around seven days.  The Act states all dairy cattle must have access to a daily supply of drinking water sufficient for their needs and that is not harmful to their health. The Cook Islands Ministry of Agriculture is yet to table their animal welfare legislation in Parliament which has been in discussion since 2015.

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