Northland farmer Derek Robinson was sentenced earlier today by the District Court in Whangarei for two offences of
ill-treating animals at rodeo events. Mr Robinson was found guilty in November last year, following a defended hearing.
The charges against Mr Robinson were brought by the New Zealand Animal Law Association (NZALA) in a private prosecution,
after the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) investigated the events and decided not to prosecute, against the
recommendation of its investigating inspector.
This morning, District Court Judge McDonald convicted Mr Robinson and fined him $1700 (plus court costs of $260), which
will be paid to the Crown.
In a sworn affidavit, Mr Robinson told the Court he stopped his rodeo activities following the filing of criminal
charges against him. The New Zealand Rodeo Cowboys Association has denounced Mr Robinson’s actions and declared them
unacceptable, which NZALA commends.
NZALA has been advised by MPI of changes made to the Ministry’s approach to rodeo enforcement, since this prosecution
NZALA wishes Mr Robinson and his animals well.