Essex Horse Sanctuary ‘inundated’ with abandoned animals

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“Where I live there are many travellers horses grazing at the side of the road! I fear for their safety & that of the people travelling past in cars that may not see them until it’s too late. In previous years, before being in wheelchair, I have had to go round-up loose horses & wait whilst police try to find the owners; but without the horses being chipped the police have no idea who they belong to! So we have just had to move them away from the road & hope the travellers or owners will see to them.

An Essexhorse sanctuary has said it has been “inundated” with animals that are being dumped in fields to “fly-graze” without the permission of landowners.

Remus Memorial Horse Sanctuary, near Ingatestone, has had to turn away horses and said the recent floods have made conditions worse for abandoned animals.

The RSPCA said most of the horses are not micro-chipped so the owners cannot be traced.

The government has said it is looking for ways to tighten laws to stop horses being deserted.

Cordelia Hemming reports: News Link:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-26314152

Essex horse sanctuary ‘inundated’ with abandoned animals, BBC News

Published on 23 Feb 2014

An Essex horse sanctuary has said it has been “inundated” with animals that are being dumped in fields to “fly-graze” without the permission of landowners.

Remus Memorial Horse Sanctuary, near Ingatestone, has had to turn away horses and said the recent floods have made conditions worse for abandoned animals.

The RSPCA said most of the horses are not micro-chipped so the owners cannot be traced.

The government has said it is looking for ways to tighten laws to stop horses being deserted.

Cordelia Hemming reports.

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Family Banned From Keeping Horses For Life

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“A family of scum let this happen, to such a noble, sensitive, sentient being! They should never be allowed to own any animal ever again! Look into the eye’s of a horse & you see their soul! They are capable of giving so much, love, trust & such a unique bond! They just want to be fed & loved …it’s not a lot to ask, is it? I hope all those that know this family, see them for what they are…animal abusers; not fit to breathe the same air as animals, never mind people!! Kudos to Redwings Horse Sanctuary, for giving this horse the best thing ever, a new happy life. I hope he soon finds a forever home with loving owners. Abused horses deserve the very best life can offer after such suffering, as do all animals. They are so willing to forgive & love again, they are so grateful, not selfish or looking for revenge; like we humans do!!

A family has been banned from keeping horses for life after their cob was found collapsed and starving in a field in Essex.

On 28 June at Basildon Magistrates CourtVictoria Jaggers, of Wellington Road, Tilbury, her husband Kelly Trundle and her daughter Alicia Jaggers were found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to a horse.

The cob, Frugal, was reported to the RSPCA by a concerned member of the public in December.

RSPCA Inspector Matt Gough went to the property, in Tilbury, Essex, and found the two-year-old piebald cob. He was unable to stand by himself and was starving.

Fire-fighters helped lift the horse and take him to a local vet, before he was transferred to Redwings Horse Sanctuary in Norfolk where he has since made a full recovery (see photo above).

“When Frugal arrived he was still so weak he couldn’t stand by himself and had to be lifted manually by the team,” said Redwings vet Nicola Berryman.

“He was covered in sores from where he had been stuck down for so long. This is a case of neglect, pure and simple. We are delighted to report that he is now fully recovered, but no matter what the circumstances, he should never have been allowed to get into this state in the first place.”

As well as the ban, Mr Trundle was given a 12-month community order and told to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work. The 42-year-old was also ordered to pay £250 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

Victoria Jaggers, 39, and Alicia Jaggers, 21, were each given a two-year conditional discharge and told to pay £250 costs.

“Frugal was in a very sorry state when we found him,” said RSPCA Inspector Matt Gough.

“He clearly wasn’t receiving proper care, and hadn’t for some time. It is no excuse to plead ignorance when looking after any animal. Anyone who has responsibility for an animal has a legal duty of care towards that creature. The failure to do just that in this instance resulted in the matter being put before the court.

News Link:– http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/news/family-banned-for-keeping-horses-for-life/#pjDVdMwMs5aAtcGl.99 

Lion hunt: Essex police call off hunt for mystery big cat

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Essex police have called off their search for a lion believed to be on the loose near a caravan park in Essex after scrambling two helicopters and armed officers.

Holidaymakers had described how they ran screaming from the “lion” and insisted they had seen a fully grown animal complete with tan coloured fur, mane and distinctive tail.

The police issued a warning, urging people to enjoy the bank holiday but to be vigilant and on the look out for the wild animal.

Duoh…they saw me!!!

However, nearly 24 hours after the alarm was raised and despite searching for paw prints, faeces or fur, police said they had found no trace of the lion.

An Essex police spokesman said: “There is no proof whatsoever that there is a lion on the loose, and with no further sightings were are standing down.

“We believe what was seen on Sunday evening was either a large domestic cat or a wildcat.

Wildlife experts believe the animal was most likely to be a large dog.

The search began after the police were contacted last night with what was described as a lion sitting in grassland off Earls Hall Drive in the village of St Oysth.

People living and staying in the area spoke of their fear, with one saying he had seen the beast and it was “one million per cent lion”.

Rich Baker, 39, from Romford, Essex, who was staying in a nearby caravan, said: “A man started running towards us yelling ‘It’s a f****** lion!’. He looked so panicked you knew it was not a joke. You could see the lion from the side.

“It was one million per cent a lion. It was a tan colour with a big mane, it was fully grown, it was definitely a lion. It was just standing there, it seemed to be enjoying itself.

“There were a dozen or so people who saw it. We are staying on the caravan park down the road. It’s very busy – it’s a seaside resort and a bank holiday.”

Mr Baker, who was out with his two sons, aged nine and 11, said they made a dash for safety.

He said: “I grabbed my children’s hands and we ran towards our caravan. My children started to scream, “daddy, is the lion going to get us?

Rob Hull, a barman at the Tudor Bar social club, said: “I was in my car as I had just gone to get some petrol when I saw it in the field next to the road. It was ambling laconically along by the lake in the field, like it didn’t have a care in the world.”

Che Kelvin, who lives in the village, told the Today programme: “I was sitting downstairs with my wife playing backgammon and I heard a large roar, and I said to my wife, ‘did you hear that?’

“She said, ‘I heard something.’ I said, ‘Well, I heard a large roar.’ She said, ‘Well, do you think it’s just upstairs on the TV?’ Anyway I went upstairs to check and I got a text from my brother saying that there was a lion on the loose in St Osyth, apparently.”

Earlier, a spokesman for Essex police said: “We would encourage people to enjoy the bank holiday Monday, indulging in activities as they want to.

“For those who wish to take a walk in the countryside surrounding Clacton, then we would just ask them to be extra vigilant and cautious. However, they will probably see us first before they see anything else.”

A dozen armed officers spent the night scouring the area, with the police helicopter’s thermal imaging camera also utilised to help find any trace of any animal.

Officers returned to areas where the animal was apparently spotted to search for clues such as pawprints.

The police spokesman added: “Public safety is our priority which is why we are taking the sighting and all associated evidence seriously.

“We have an increased police presence in the area which will offer reassurance to local residents, motorists and holidaymakers.”

Experts at Colchester Zoo have studied a photograph taken at distance of the supposed lion and said it might indeed be one. The zoo has three lions, but all are accounted for.

The Great British Circus, which visited Clacton Airfield recently, scotched rumours that it might have been the source of the missing beast after telling police they do not have lions.

News Link:-http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/wildlife/9501803/Lion-hunt-Essex-police-call-off-hunt-for-mystery-big-cat.html

People passing this photo of a lion around social networking site Twitter thought this was the lion that sparked the hunt. Police have confirmed it is a fake

Link to picture thought to be fake:http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2193984/Essex-police-large-scale-search-lion-admit-numerous-sightings-probably-large-domestic-cat.html?ITO=1490

Video link of eyewitnesses:– http://www.telegraph.co.uk/telegraphtv/9501595/Reactions-from-residents-as-police-launch-hunt-for-escaped-lion.html

Video eyewitnesses saw lion:-http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/4506832/Cops-hunt-for-lion-in-Essex.html

Man jailed for throwing dog to its death from block of flats

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A man who killed his dog by throwing it out of a 10th floor window has been jailed.

James Bray, 24, of Pantile Avenue, Southend, Essex, had previously admitted three animal cruelty offences following the incident at 3am on January 18.

The two-year-old Staffordshire Bull terrier, named Beano, died after being thrown from the window at the block of flats where Bray lived, the RSPCA said.

Bray claimed the dog had been “playing up” by urinating on the carpet and had bared its teeth at him.

He had tied Beano up in the bathroom for four hours. When he released him, the dog had been aggressive so he tossed him out of the window, the charity added.

A spokesman said: “He then called the police to tell them he had done it and they found Beano’s body on the ground at the base of the flats – he had died on impact.”

Bray had owned Beano for two months.

Today at Southend Magistrates’ Court he was jailed for two months and sentenced to a further two months on community licence.

He was fined £500 and given a life ban on keeping any animal.

RSPCA inspector Matt Gough said: “It is inexplicable that someone would do this – even if the dog had attacked him, there is no excuse for throwing it out of the window.

“We are pleased that the magistrates have given him a lifetime ban on keeping animals.”

The court heard that Bray was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia after the incident.

News Link:http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/man-jailed-for-throwing-dog-to-its-death-from-block-of-flats-7976496.html

Animal cruelty pair jailed after being caught stubbing out cigarettes on pigs’ faces and hitting them with baton

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  • One pig was beaten 30 times in just a minute
  • Defendent claimed abuse was part of the slaughterhouse ‘culture’
  • Animal rights groups say abuse is widespread

Two slaughtermen who were filmed beating pigs and stubbing cigarettes out their faces were today jailed.Piotr Andrzej Wasiuta, 30 and Kelly Smith, 40, were secretly filmed by animal rights group Animal Aid, who hid cameras in pig pens at Cheale Meats in Brentwood, Essex.

Kelly Smith

Members of the charity group wept today as the pair admitted cruelty charges and were sentenced to a total of 10 weeks behind bars at Westminster Magistrates Court.

In the distressing video, Wasiuta can be seen pushing a lit cigarette onto the forehead and snout of three different pigs and forcing hot ash into one of the animals’ faces as it squirms to get away.

Abuse: Wasiuta will spend six weeks behind bars after admitting stubbing cigarettes out in a number of pigs in his care

His actions earned him a six-week jail sentence.

In another clip, Smith, an experienced slaughterman of 14 years, is seen beating the animals with the edge of a ‘slapper’ used to move the pigs around the pens before slaughter.

He is later filmed hitting one pig 30 times in a minute – forcing the animal to sit down and pant heavily during the tirade of blows.

The 40-year-old father-of-three was jailed for four weeks.

Prosecutor Duncan Penny explained to the court how the footage was obtained by a contractor at the slaughterhouse who had ties to Animal Aid.

Stress: Smith claimed he was under intense pressure when he carried out the abuse

The filmed abuse took place in March and April 2011.

Describing abuse carried out by Smith, he said:’These acts were pointless, served no purpose and demonstrated to his colleagues his contempt for the animals he was dealing with

Jeremy Sirrell, defending Smith, said the beatings happened when he was under ‘extreme pressure’ at work.

‘They were expected to slaughter 1500 animals, or units as the company would call it,’ he said.

‘It is a matter of some irony, that this extreme pressure bore out of more animals being taken from another slaughter house in proximity having been closed down as a result, quite rightly, of activity by Animal Aid.’

Sundeep Pahkhania, defending Wasiuta, said he had been working in the slaughter house for under two months, and the abuse was part of a wider culture and couldn’t explain he behaviour.

‘In the CCTV, you can see another operative walking by, and he mentions nothing,’ he said.

WARNING: This film contains scenes that viewers may find disturbing.

http://www.animalaid.org.uk/h/n/NEWS/news_slaughter/ALL/2525

‘I suggest there was an established culture of this kind of behaviour. ‘He walks into it as very much a newbie. ‘He realises now it was unacceptable, unlawful and is disgusted with himself.’

As he sentenced them both, Magistrate John Newgas told Wasiuta and Smith: ‘You have both seen the pictures of what took place. ‘They show clear animal cruelty no doubt about it.

‘You should have known what you were doing was wrong, and must have known it was wrong.’

Both men have since been sacked from their jobs at the slaughterhouse.

Animal Aid’s Head of Campaigns, Kate Fowler said the organisation was pleased with the result of the case – but urged the government to investigate two further slaughterhouses, claiming animals abuse is widespread across the industry.

She said: ‘We are satisfied that Wasiuta and Smith have now been brought to justice.

‘Their acts of cruelty were inexcusable and caused untold suffering to animals who were already scared and vulnerable.

‘However, many other slaughterhouse workers, who also caused serious and deliberate suffering to animals, have escaped justice because this government refused to act.

‘We are now calling on the Food Standards Agency to look again at two other cases to see whether charges may be brought under the Animal Welfare Act.

‘Our detailed investigations have found illegality in eight of the nine slaughterhouses we visited, despite government-appointed vets being present in all of them.

‘The current regulatory system does not work.

‘It does not catch those who abuse animals. But this case proves that properly placed and independently-monitored cameras do work, and we renew our call for Defra to make CCTV mandatory to catch those who abuse animals and to act as a disincentive to those who might consider it.’

Cheale Meats have not commented on the case.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2135083/Animal-cruelty-pair-jailed-caught-stubbing-cigarettes-pigs-faces-hitting-baton.html#ixzz1t9qB4c2G

Pig cruelty pair could face jail

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“I say get CCTV in all slaughter & farm businesses..The public have a right to know how the animals they are buying, have been treated !!!”

Two former slaughtermen from Essex who were secretly filmed attacking pigs have been warned they could face jail after admitting animal cruelty offences.

Piotr Andrzej Wasiuta, 29, from Southend, Essex, was seen stubbing a lit cigarette on pigs’ snouts three times in CCTV footage shown to Westminster Magistrates’ Court in central London.

Kelly Smith, 40, from Benfleet, Essex, used excessive force to strike pigs with a baton on two separate occasions after getting frustrated with the animals, the court heard.

Both men were working for Cheale Meats at Orchard Farm in Little Warley, Brentwood, Essex, when the offences took place in March and April last year.

Wasiuta admitted three charges of causing unnecessary suffering to a pig, under the Animal Welfare Act, while Smith – who had worked at Cheale Meats for “a considerable period of time”, the court was told – admitted two such charges. Two other charges originally faced by Smith were withdrawn by the prosecution.

An investigator from animal rights’ group Animal Aid had placed a covert camera on the premises to capture the footage of the cruelty carried out by the two men.

The pigs were attacked while in holding pens, before being stunned and then slaughtered, prosecutor Duncan Penny said.

Mr Penny said Smith had shown “violent frustration bordering on cruelty”, hitting one pig more than 30 times in 62 seconds.

The fact that both defendants were in positions of responsibility and used weapons are aggravating factors, the prosecutor added.

Chairman of the Bench Jeffrey Manton said “all options”, including custody, would be considered when Wasiuta and Smith are sentenced on April 25. The offence carries a maximum sentence of a six-month jail term, or £20,000 fine, or both. The men, who are of previous good character, were released on bail.

Two charged with pig cruelty

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Two former Essex slaughterhouse workers are to be charged with animal cruelty after footage appeared to show pigs being attacked. 

Piotr Andrzej Wasiuta, 29, from Southend, will appear in court accused of stubbing out a lighted cigarette on the snout of one of the animals at Orchard Farm, in Brentwood.

Kelly Smith, 40, from Benfleet, is facing prosecution for striking a pig with a baton, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said.

Simon Clements, of the CPS, said he had advised the Food Standards Agency that there was sufficient prospect for conviction after footage was obtained by the animal rights group, Animal Aid, in March and April last year. Both are accused of offences while working for Cheale Meats.

Andrzej Wasiuta faces three charges of causing unnecessary suffering to a pig by applying a lighted cigarette to its snout, while Smith faces four charges of causing unnecessary suffering to a pig.

Referring to Smith, Mr Clements said: “Two of the charges relate to failing to ensure that a lame pig was not humanely slaughtered immediately and two of the charges relate to striking a pig with a baton.”

He added: “This decision was taken in accordance with the code for Crown Prosecutors.

“After careful consideration of all the evidence, I am satisfied there is sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction and it is in the public interest to prosecute this case.”

Both will appear before Westminster Magistrates’ Court on April 18

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