22 Jan 2020

Controversial US dog trainer defies petition to bar NZ entry

From Checkpoint, 5:42 pm on 22 January 2020

A controversial American dog trainer says he's still coming to New Zealand to run a seminar despite a petition against his entry to the country.

Dog behaviourists and trainers don't want Jeff Gellman want the event called off because they believe his techniques breach the animal welfare code.

More than 8500 people have signed a petition calling for the Ministry for Primary Industries to ban the Auckland event because they say he uses "abusive tools".

Mr Gellman says he's been receiving daily death threats from people opposed to his practices - but he still plans on coming to New Zealand. Charlotte Cook reports.