Conviction upheld in wild goat meat case
24 Apr 2015
A Waitara man has lost his high court appeal against a conviction of selling illegally processed wild goat meat for
Brian Terrence Crow, 64, had earlier been charged with three counts of selling non-complying animal product, together
with another person, by the Ministry for Primary Industries.
Mr Crow pleaded not guilty, largely on the grounds he was selling the goats alive to another party, and while he was
allowing them to be processed on his property and that he sometimes helped, this was not part of the purchase agreement.
He was convicted on 16 October 2014 in New Plymouth District and sentenced to 150 hours community work.
Mr Crow appealed his conviction, but it was upheld by the High Court in New Plymouth on 26 March 2015.
The charges related to Mr Crow rounding up wild goats around the Taranaki region and bringing them to his property where
they were killed, processed and sold.
People supplying meat for sale for human consumption must source the meat from appropriate MPI registered suppliers to
ensure that they are getting the meat from areas where there are no poison residues and the meat is inspected and
processed at a registered facility.
MPI Compliance General Investigator, Niamh Murphy, says these regulations are in place to ensure the meat does not
contain any poisons, diseases or bacterial contamination from processing.
“These regulations are to protect the health of consumers and MPI takes any breaches very seriously.”
MPI began investigating the slaughter and sale of goats at Mr Crow’s property after receiving a tip-off in January 2013.
MPI investigators executed a search warrant at Mr Crow’s house on 26 March 2013 finding about $2,000 in cash which Mr
Crow referred to as “goat money”.
Investigators also found four deposit books dating back to 2005 showing more than $43,000 deposited with goats
referenced on the stubs.
Evidence produced in court described Mr Crow and other parties rounding up and killing goats, skinning and gutting them
and hanging them in a tree.
To report any suspect illegal home-kill sales please contact the MPI Foodline 0800 693 721. All calls are confidential.