'Serious' animal tagging and movement case put back again
A judge has said “a serious case” involving bovine tagging and identification and animal movement and animal welfare had acquired “legs all of its own”, because of the number of times it has been on the court lists over the past year and a half without being finalised.
A father and son are before Killarney District Court on the matter which involved movement of animals principally on a farm in Co. Cork.
Only some of the animals had ever been located, the court has been told.
The father, John C Casey, aged 57, otherwise known as Christy Casey of Crosstown, Killarney Co Kerry, pleaded guilty in January to 14 sample charges mainly at Ryefield, Whitechurch, Co. Cork and within the State.
However the son is under psychiatric care, the court has been told.
Fifty summonses had been issued by the prosecutor the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine. The breaches were of European Communities bovine regulations, 2009, on animal passports, notification of birth of a calf birth within seven days of being tagged, information on sale or disposal of bovines, failing to provide an animal passport in relation to movement of an animal.
Mr Casey Snr had also failed to disclose the location of animals as required under the Animal Health and Welfare Act, 2013.
The dates of the offences were mainly on August 14, 2014 and September 15, 2014. Failing to register births of a number of animals were said to have occurred between November 2013 and 2014. .