Naringal company fined for jersey bull cruelty
16 December 2014
A company director from Naringal has been found guilty of cruelty to a jersey bull in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court yesterday.
The Court heard the company director failed to provide appropriate treatment for the wounded bull which had a compound-multi fracture.
Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) Statewide Specialist for Animal Health and Welfare Operations Leon Watt said the court was told the bull broke its leg during the harvest in 2013 and was put in paddock to recuperate.
"Approximately three months later DEPI officers inspected the bull and destroyed it immediately to alleviate any further pain and suffering," Mr Watt said.
"The affected leg was sent to the laboratory for analysis and it was found that the bull had sustained a compound (bone through skin) multi fracture injury that had fused at an unnatural angle and that it was at least three months old."
Magistrate Lesser said it was an important lesson for all farmers to be proactive when it comes to the welfare of their animals and livestock.
Mr Watt said it was absolutely unreasonable and unnecessary to leave an animal with a broken leg and not have it either treated or destroyed.
"It is incumbent on all livestock producers and this includes company owners, to ensure animals are regularly inspected and where issues are detected they are appropriately dealt with," he said.
"It is not an excuse to be too busy."
The company was fined $750. The producer was placed on an undertaking to be of good behaviour for nine months and ordered to donate $750 to the RSPCA.