An Auckland dairy farmer has been fined for unlawfully amputating the teats of seven cows, TVNZ reports. According to the Ministry for Primary Industries, Pieter Nicholaas Smit, 60, used rubber rings as a tourniquet when performing the “significant surgical procedure.” Teat removal should be done by a veterinarian using anaesthesia. Smit pleaded guilty to the charge and was fined $3,250 in sentencing at the Morrinsville District Court for one representative animal welfare charge.
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