Wednesday, January 22, 2014

ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARGE: Former abattoir employee guilty

A man pleaded guilty to one charge of animal cruelty relating to a pig at the Hawkesbury Valley Meat processing plant when he appeared in Mt Druitt Local Court last week.

On 16 January 2012, the man was videoed via closed circuit camera in his duties as a slaughterman at Hawkesbury Valley Meat Processors. One of the animals, upon reaching the man's station, regained consciousness after stunning. The man is then seen to pick up a piece of pipe from a hand basin behind him.

He is then videoed repeatedly hitting the animal on the head on approximately nineteen occasions. On a number of these occasions the man is seen to look away from the pig to other employees.

On 10 February 2012, after video of the processing facility was made public, RSPCA Inspectors attended the premises in cooperation with the NSW Food Authority. The metal pipe viewed in the footage was located and seized and instructions issued regarding the care and well-being of the remaining unprocessed animals before their removal.

The man was placed on two-year Good Behaviour Bond and ordered to pay professional and witness costs of $5,000.

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