A Co. Armagh firm, Killyfaddy Farms Ltd., of Killyfaddy Street, has been convicted at Armagh Magistrates Court docket sitting in Newry Court docket, of transporting an animal that was not match for the journey.

Killyfaddy Farms Ltd., was convicted and fined £300 plus £15 offender levy for one cost of transporting an animal which was not match for the journey.

That is opposite to Regulation 5(1)(a) of the Welfare of Animals (Transport) Rules (Northern Eire) 2006 and Council Regulation (EC) No 1/2005.

Court docket case

The case arose when a Division of Agriculture, Setting and Rural Affairs (DAERA) official veterinarian at an abattoir examined an animal offered for slaughter.

The cow had a big swollen left fetlock joint with swelling extending down the hoof. The cow was hesitant to maneuver and when she did was unsteady on her toes.

The vet acknowledged that, in her opinion, the animal was affected by a longstanding situation which, given the lack to steadiness correctly or place her foot instantly on the bottom, meant that this animal was prompted pointless struggling by transporting her.

DAERA mentioned it provides excessive precedence to the welfare of animals and operates a vigorous enforcement coverage to make sure full compliance of regulatory necessities.

Any breaches are investigated totally and offenders prosecuted as obligatory, it mentioned.

Northern Eire animal welfare laws additionally requires that animals should be match to journey and should be cared for in the event that they fall ailing or are injured throughout transport.

The animals should be accompanied by competent individuals and should be transported to their locations with out undue delay.

All those that have animals of their care both on farm, in transit or at slaughter have an obligation of care to take care of the animals’ welfare.