Lamb hunter: 'They have a good life, then bang'

Lambs as young as four months old will be stalked and shot on a Banks Peninsula property leading up to Christmas.

These are wild sheep that have never been mustered, drafted or dosed.

The first time they will have anything to do with humans is when a bullet hits home.

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Angela Low
Roger talks to Larry Williams on Newstalk ZB

Instead of a traditional ham, would you consider putting a roast weka on the table for Christmas this year?

There are growing calls from the food industry to allow the hunting, farming and sale of native animals.

South Island farmer Roger Beattie told Larry Williams endangered bird species like weka and kereru should be farmed to preserve them.

"With Kereu, you would probably have a fisheries type regime or a quota management system, but with something like weka, you can fence them in like sheep."

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Angela Low