Kelly Makiha is a senior reporter at the Rotorua Daily Post

Editorial: Let's find hoodlums who killed animals


I felt a little sick when I heard someone had gone on to the grounds of one of our best tourist attractions and slaughtered a bunch of animals.

No one will truly know the motives of the gun-wielding thieves who went to the Agrodome last Saturday and shot two show rams and a ewe.

Another prize show ram survived the attack and is recuperating.

What made this attack even more horrid was learning the ewe was found bleeding to death the morning after the attack and had to be put down.

It's estimated the animal suffered for at least six hours.

I can only assume the thief or thieves has done this for the meat, rather than for some kind of thrill of killing animals.

Perhaps they feel groceries are too expensive and they are entitled to take from someone else's business.

They will probably even plead poverty and claim they have to feed their families.

It's also my guess this person or people don't have jobs and have simply lived off benefits paid for by you and I - the worker.

Naturally, Rotorua residents are disgusted by what's happened.

Comments on The Daily Post Facebook are of disbelief. One of our readers has even stumped up with an anonymous reward of $200 for any information leading to the offender or offenders being arrested.

Agrodome general manager Grant Kilby said their business will match any donation dollar for dollar.

The anonymous donor was quite right in saying this kind of publicity does nothing for Rotorua's name as a tourist town. Tourism brings in millions of dollars each year and creates jobs.

While any attack on animals is wrong, there is something particularly off about this one.

Someone will know who did this. I urge you to ring the police.

- Rotorua Daily Post

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