Gra­zier cops $2200 fine for cru­elty

Great Southern Herald - - News - Cally Dupe

A Great South­ern gra­zier has been slapped with a $2200 fine and $128 in court costs af­ter al­low­ing a cow’s horn to grow so much it poked into and blinded one of the an­i­mal's eyes.

Mar­jorie Arm­strong was sen­tenced in Al­bany Court­house yes­ter­day, af­ter plead­ing guilty to one charge of cru­elty un­der the An­i­mal Wel­fare Act 2002.

She was con­victed of fail­ing to take rea­son­able steps to al­le­vi­ate harm. The con­vic­tion re­lated to an in­ci­dent in Oc­to­ber 2016, when one of her cat­tle was found to have an in­grown left horn dur­ing an in­spec­tion at an abat­toir.

The an­i­mal’s con­di­tion was re­ported to the Depart­ment of Pri­mary In­dus­tries and Re­gional De­vel­op­ment’s live­stock com­pli­ance unit and sam­ples were sub­mit­ted for pathol­ogy ex­am­i­na­tion.

At post mortem, it was found that the in­grown horn had caused an in­jury to the cow which was 4cm wide and 3cm deep.

The cow’s left eye was swollen and could not be opened, and it is es­ti­mated that the horn had been in­grown for a long pe­riod of time.

Depart­ment prin­ci­pal com­pli­ance in­spec­tor Char­lotte McIntyre said the con­vic­tion sent a clear mes­sage about an­i­mal cru­elty.

“Pro­duc­ers are re­spon­si­ble for thor­oughly and reg­u­larly in­spect­ing their an­i­mals and if any wel­fare is­sues are iden­ti­fied, they need to be dealt with im­me­di­ately,” she said.

“The Model Code of Prac­tice for the Wel­fare of An­i­mals: Cat­tle clearly states that any in­ward grow­ing horns likely to pen­e­trate or con­tact fa­cial fea­tures should be trimmed ap­pro­pri­ately.”

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