Fines put stock wel­fare in spot­light

Albany Advertiser - - NEWS -

Live­stock wel­fare has been put in the spot­light af­ter two re­cent an­i­mal cru­elty con­vic­tions in re­gional WA re­sulted in hefty fines.

In the first case, the of­fender en­tered a plea of guilty to one charge of cru­elty un­der the An­i­mal Wel­fare Act 2002 and was fined $3000, in ad­di­tion to court costs of $944.35.

That con­vic­tion re­lates to a con­sign­ment of nine cows sent to a sa­le­yard. One an­i­mal from this con­sign­ment had an in­grown left horn and a large ab­scess on the left side of its face.

At post-mortem it was found that the in­grown horn had pen­e­trated the skin and tis­sue to a depth of 30mm. The of­fender was a com­mer­cial live­stock pro­ducer.

The sec­ond case re­lated to a steer with an in­grown horn that was sent to a sa­le­yard and then to an abat­toir.

The an­i­mal was seen by one of the Depart­ment of Pri­mary In­dus­tries and Re­gional Devel­op­ment’s Live­stock Com­pli­ance Unit in­spec­tors dur­ing a rou­tine in­spec­tion.

The of­fender, who was a small land­holder with a few head of cat­tle, was fined $6000 and or­dered to pay court costs of $753.

Prin­ci­pal com­pli­ance in­spec­tor Char­lotte McIn­tyre said the two cases were a re­minder that the wel­fare of an­i­mals should be a pri­or­ity for all live­stock own­ers, re­gard­less of how many they own.

“These land­hold­ers couldn’t have been more dif­fer­ent in terms of the num­ber of live­stock they had, but their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties are the same,” Ms McIn­tyre said.

“Fail­ing to treat an an­i­mal for a painful con­di­tion such as an in­grown horn or a large can­cer is an of­fence.

“Good live­stock hus­bandry starts with ob­serv­ing an­i­mals reg- ularly to pick up on an in­jury or ill­ness be­fore it be­comes se­vere and pro­vid­ing prompt treat­ment.”

For more in­for­ma­tion about the depart­ment’s an­i­mal wel­fare re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, visit www.agric.wa.gov.au/an­i­mal­wel­fare.

To re­port sus­pected cru­elty to an­i­mals, con­tact the RSPCA on +61 (0)8 9209 9300 or 1300 278 3589 (emer­gen­cies only).

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