26 September 2002
Disappointing End To Seal Bashing Case
The Department of Conservation’s decision not to prosecute four Gisborne women who tormented a dying seal is
disappointing, said New Zealand First law and order spokesperson Ron Mark.
“It ignores a public abhorrence for violence against animals and is sending the wrong message to young people,” he said.
“Violence is not acceptable behaviour in our society and aggression against animals should be treated seriously.”
The four young women, apparently under the influence of alcohol, had repeatedly hit the mature leopard seal with
“It is disappointing that a case which received such disapproval by the wider community is now being swept under the
rug by the government department charged to protect New Zealand’s wildlife.
“Public embarrassment is not a substitute for the judicial system and DoC should reconsider its position,” said Mr Mark.