Farmer (21) convicted for transporting injured animal
A County Tyrone farmer has been convicted of one charge of transporting an animal that was not fit for the journey.
Ryan McElduff (21) of Creggan Road, Cranagh, Carrickmore, pleaded guilty at Omagh Magistrates’ Court today and received a conditional discharge for 18 months.
This case arose, when the Official Veterinarian (OV) at an abattoir examined a cow presented by Mr McElduff.
The animal was bearing very little weight on its left hind leg and was showing signs of being in pain and distress.
The leg was submitted to the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) for examination and a pathologist concluded that there was an unstable fracture of the femur.
Animal welfare regulations in Northern Ireland require that animals must be fit to travel and must be cared for if they fall ill or are injured during transport.
The animals must be accompanied by competent persons and must be transported to their destinations without undue delay.
All those who have animals in their care either on farm, in transit or at slaughter have a duty of care to look after that animals’ welfare.