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New Zealanders take better care of their dogs than their babies.

The actual claim is ‘We (New Zealanders) treat our babies like dogs’ but I think the above is more accurate. The NZ Herald article below describes how serious cases of abuse against babies have increased by two-thirds in the last two years.

One of the most shocking facts is that statistically every five days a child under 2 is hospitalized because of abuse.

Chris and Cry Kahui

‘We treat our babies like dogs’.

Serious cases of abuse against babies have leaped by two-thirds in just two years, according to official figures. The Ministry of Health revealed 74 children aged under one year were admitted to hospital after violent attacks last year, compared with 45 in 2007.

The surge comes as Social Development Minister Paula Bennett said children were being treated like “dogs”. In an open letter to police, Bennett wrote: “It is unacceptable that our youngest, most vulnerable children are being treated like dogs. The shameful statistics have got to change.”

The deaths of 3-month old twins Chris and Cru Kahui in 2006 led to a major Government campaign to stamp out child abuse. Millions of dollars were spent on advertising campaigns such as the Never, Ever Shake a Baby series. Bennett admitted she was “absolutely horrified” at the findings. “There isn’t one nice answer and, frankly, if there was we’d be doing it.

Nia Glassie

“Some of it’s going to be tough stuff for us to get our heads around, like are we leaving children in people’s homes too long or putting them back in the right families?”.

Full article here.

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