We were contacted in March by Soledad Robledo, of Narices Humedas, a Chilean charity working for the defence of animals, asking for our help in the extradition of a New Zealand farm worker, Zachary Reuben Ward. The man in question was shown to be abusing the animals he worked with and video footage was captured of these horrific practices. He was working as a production manager with dairy company Manuka, in Puerto Octay, Región de Los Lagos, Chile. He fled the country, back to New Zealand when it became clear that he was to be prosecuted.
The situation became known publicly when a video released in 2014 denounced the hideous and inhumane slaughter that this individual committed – using a hammer after having injected calves with air – against 1500 calves owned by Manuka in Chile. You can watch a Chilean TV report broadcast in 2020: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icNqUREzyZM
We have signed an official letter from Narices Humedas to the New Zealand ambassador in Chile and the case is supported by a number of Chilean and New Zealand animal welfare groups, including NZ Animal Law Association, Auckland University Animal Rights Group and SAFE.
We are now asking our members to help move the case forward by writing to the Justice Minister Kris Faafoi. We have provided our letter to the Justice Minister as a guide of what to write. Please email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Minister for Justice Kris Faafoi
Re: Zachary Reuben Ward
I am writing to you to urge you to make a quick decision regarding the extradition of Zachary Reuben Ward. He is currently living in New Zealand but is wanted in Chile for animal abuses committed repeatedly during 2012 – 2013. At that time, he was working as a production manager with dairy company Manuka, in Puerto Octay, Región de Los Lagos, Chile.
The situation became known publicly when a video released in 2014, denounced the hideous and inhumane slaughter that this individual committed – using a hammer after having injected calves with air – against 1500 calves owned by Manuka in Chile.
You can watch a Chilean TV report broadcast in 2020: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icNqUREzyZM
It is worth noting that when the judicial process started, this man fled from Chile back to New Zealand.
The Chilean Public Prosecutor, Daniel Alvarado, said that the final records, which had been required by New Zealand’s Attorney General, were provided in December. These are the declarations of two witnesses that confirm the participation of the accused.
It is New Zealand’s justice department which can decide if he can be brought to trial in Chile, but it does not have a time limit to do so.
Thus, we appeal to you to immediately approve the present extradition request of Zachary Reuben Ward. He must pay for what he has done: the horrific slaughter of these calves, sentient beings, who like all other animals just wanted to live in peace. The least they deserve is a humane death, which was not forthcoming from this man.
Chile is a country which is becoming more aware that non human animals must be respected and protected, thus it is important that this person is rightfully brought to trial.
Thank you for your time and I hope to hear back from you soon