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Monday 22 January 2018

Court hears of horror animal welfare scene at Border farm

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Patsy McArdle

A District Court has heard about the horrific state of a number of cattle at a Border farm, including the unburied carcasses of dead animals.

A District Court in Monaghan has heard from a number of veterinary officers about the horrific state of a number of cattle at a Border farm, where there were some 200 livestock and the carcases of dead animals lay unburied, while other animals showed signs of being in such pain that they were hardly able to walk.

At a special sitting of the court in Monaghan this week, fines totallng €11,950 were imposed on Brian Wright, a farmer of Killygorman, Newbliss, Co. Monaghan, who was convicted on a series of charges brought by the Minister for Agriculture  Food and the Marine relating to various dates in 2014 for breaches of the Animal Welfare Act  contrary to EC Regulations, and with failing to dispose of animal carcases at his farm.

Wright was not legally represented and pleaded guilty.

A number of veterinary officers gave evidence of several visits to the Co. Monaghan farm where Mr. Wright had a stock of some 200 cattle.

One witness described how some animals appeared to be in severe pain and were hardly able to walk.

He said there were also a number of unburied animal carcases at the premises.

Pleading, Mr. Wright said he had encountered difficulties with the Department over his livestock and had lost his Single Farm Payment allowance for over a year as a result of the case.

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Judge Deirdre Gearty, convicting Wright, said she felt a monetary penalty would be more effective than a custodial sentence,  and she imposed fines totaling €11,950.


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