MPI not investigating Isis-linked worker's sheep-killing video
The Ministry for Primary Industries says it will not investigate the Napier abattoir where a pro-Isis worker posted a video of sheep having their throats cut.
Te Amorangi Kireka-Whaanga – previously a vocal Isis supporter and founder of a group called the Islamic State of Aotearoa – posted the video on Facebook. It has since been removed.
The video showed a man laughing as a sheep was held down and slaughtered at Fresh Meats NZ in Napier.
In a statement, MPI said on Thursday veterinarians had viewed the footage and determined that the slaughter of the sheep was done "within the parameters of the humane slaughter system".
The ministry said that meant there had "been no breach of the code governing the commercial slaughter of animals".
In the video, at least one of the sheep appeared to be conscious as it had its throat cut.
But MPI said the "twitching" was an involuntary action and not related to any pain or suffering.
"As a result of this determination, we will not be conducting an investigation."
Fresh Meats said animal welfare was at the forefront of it activities and it welcomed MPI's finding.
"This supports our view that the slaughter process shown in the video was compliant with strict halal and New Zealand animal welfare protocols," the company said in a statement.
On Wednesday Fresh Meats said an employee, whom it did not name, had denied accusations of having links with a terrorist group or being a security risk.
The company said it was conducting an investigation into what it described as "unauthorised" filming at its plant.
It said its employee had been accredited by the Federation of Islamic Authorities NZ.