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PIG FARMER FINED FOR TRANSPORTING UNFIT PIGS

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A farmer pleaded guilty today to three separate instances of transporting unfit pigs, causing them unnecessary suff...
A farmer pleaded guilty today to three separate instances of transporting unfit pigs, causing them unnecessary suffering. Fines and cost totaling£2,610 were awarded.

On three separate occasions between June and November 2003 Suffolk CC trading standards officers were contacted by slaughterhouse vets regarding injured pigs sent to slaughter by John Havers.

Bury magistrates today heard that during this time Mr Havers transported five pigs that were suffering with broken legs, open fractures or old fractures that had become infected and swollen. According to the slaughterhouse vets all five pigs were unfit for transportation and four were likely to have suffered unnecessarily.

Welcoming the outcome, Peter Monk, the county council's portfolio holder for public protection, said: 'It is encouraging that Mr Havers recognised his negligence in this matter and pleaded guilty to the offences. I hope he learns from these proceedings and will not make the same mistakes again.'

'It is only right that animals are transported in a way that is not likely to cause them suffering. If farmers have any doubt over an animal's fitness they must not transport them. Trading standards are continuing a programme of farm checks and will take appropriate action against individuals or companies that are found to be ill treating animals.'

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