Pig farmer guilty of four animal welfare charges

Stow Cum Quay pig farmer pleads guility to four animal welfare charges

Stow Cum Quay pig farmer pleads guility to four animal welfare charges - Credit: Archant

A farmer has been fined after he pleaded guilty to keeping pigs in unsuitable and dangerous shelters and not disposing of a calf carcass correctly.

William Lloret Jones was fined and ordered to pay court costs after pleading guilty to four charges relating to livestock offences.

The court heard that he ignored welfare and animal by-product improvement notices and, despite being given advice by inspectors, chose to ignore it.

In a hearing brought by trading standards magistrates heard that the Stow Cum Quay farmer housed his pigs in unsuitable shelter and exposed them to sharp and hazardous objects.

Aileen Andrews, service manager for Cambridgeshire County Council Trading Standards, said: “This case demonstrates that we will take action in cases where our officers have provided significant advice and guidance to farmers, over a long period of time, and where that advice has been persistently ignored resulting in the poor welfare of animals or breaches of legislation.”

Lloret Jones, of Fable Farm, pleaded guilty to two breaches of the Animal Welfare Act and two under the Animal By-Products following an investigation by Cambridgeshire County Council Trading Standards officers.

Trading Standards made a number of inspections and issued improvement notices for failing to provide suitable conditions for his pigs and for the improper disposal of animal remains.

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Officers monitored Lloret-Jones’ conduct since January 2015 and advised him on a number of occasions on the needs of his animals.

They also advised him on the need to dispose of animal remains in accordance with animal by-product rules.

But despite the extensive advice offered to Mr Lloret-Jones, problems persisted resulting prosecution and the subsequent £1,000 fine and court costs of £1,260.