Sheep butchered to death in ‘barbaric’ farm raids, England

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“WTF…I can only think that whoever is doing it, knows about sheep & either has a grudge against this farmer, or has been offered a good price if they can get hold of these rare sheep cuts! It can’t be religious, or they would have cut their necks, surely? They must be bloody desperate for money to cut the legs off live sheep though…Sick heartless bastards…I would also say that they would be pretty well covered in blood, so somebody knows someone, who is coming home covered in blood…plus, how do these people know the animals aren’t infected etc. there taking a big health risk too?”

“If you know who it is, please do the right thing, money isn’t everything…wouldn’t you rather have a clear conscience, & be able to sleep at night; instead of waiting for that dreaded knock at the door? because the police will find whoever has done this, if you don’t want to be dragged down with them…make the call!” 

THIEVES cut off the legs of 10 sheep while they were still alive in a series of raids on a farm in Greater Manchester.

Sixty five-year-old farmer William Perkins found his butchered animals, including several pregnant ewes, dead with their back legs removed at the hip.

This is the fourth nighttime attack on the Stockport farm in the last fortnight.

It is believed a dog was used to round-up his flock before they were attacked and the incident has left Mr Perkins and his wife Joan devastated.

The farmhouse is away from the fields and the couple have been using their CCTVsystem to try to catch the criminals in the act.

Picture of black welsh mountain sheep

Mr Perkins said: “It is horrific and barbaric but very surgical – they know about butchering and have cut the legs off 10 sheep at the hip bone.

“Someone has cut them off in a field in pitch black and also knows about sheep as none that have been killed are over two-years-old, as beyond that age they are mutton.

“Every night, I wake up and have a look at our CCTV to check if anyone is there. The people who have done this are inhuman to be able to cut the legs off an animal while it is still alive. To see what has happened the following day has been a massive shock.”

Mr Perkins, who lives with his wife and son David, has been breeding sheep for 20 years and now has around 70 remaining.

Castlemilk moorits, Portlands, black Welsh mountain sheep and Hebrideans are among the rare breeds lost.

Police are warning other farmers to be vigilant and Insp Stephen Gilbertson said the thieves have gone to a lot of trouble.

Anyone with information can call police on 101 or Crime stoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

News Link:http://beforeitsnews.com/mass-animal-death/2012/11/sheep-butchered-to-death-in-barbaric-farm-raids-england-2430878.html

Resa villagers kill predator – Big Cat or Big Dog?

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It is not yet confirmed if the animal is a leopard or some other wild cat.

At around six pm last evening villagers of Resa, Saling gewog, put to deathwhat they believe to be the predator that in the past few weeks killed numerous poultry birds, a calf and attacked a man inside the house.

Resa village, Mongar, where the slain cat roamed

It could not be confirmed whether the animal was a leopard but farmers said that under torchlight it looked black in colour and was the size of a big stray dog.

Farmer Sherub Gyaltshen had set two traps around his coop around 5 pm yesterday after he lost eight hens on the night of October 1.

“Around 6 pm I saw the leopard caught in the trap. The noose had gone around the neck and a forelimb,” Sherub who lost more than half of his 80 hens in the past few weeks said.

“It was growling like anything and trying to escape so I quickly informed the neighbours and with the help of a sharp iron rod pierced its stomach,” another farmer said. “It died after 15 minutes.”

Farmers said that they had been living in fear especially after the September 21 incident. At around 7 pm that evening a 45-year old man was mauled by what villagers believe to be the same animal. Three days later it killed a calf.

The incident occurred in the kitchen outside the main house where Sangay was sleeping. “The animal suddenly jumped on my chest. The nearest thing to me was an axe and I hit out,” Sangay recalled. “It knocked the animal down but it tried to pounce on me again and I hit it again. I managed to injure it on the head.”

There were four people in the house including two children who shouted for help. The neighbours came by and helped chase the animal away.

Sangay went to Gyalpoizhing basic health unit in Mongar and did not have to take any stitches. The incident is the first for Resa village.

One of the farmers said that the dead animal had a deep cut on the head, which had become infested with worms confirming that it was the same animal that had attacked Sangay on September 21.

Forest officials will be visiting Resa village today to investigate.

News Link:-http://www.kuenselonline.com/2011/?p=37777

“I’m sorry to hear these people have lost livestock & a person was mauled…but I think it’s terrible that they killed the cat they way they did, it took 15 minutes to die, suffocating on it’s own blood, surely they could have made a quick clean kill as it was already trapped by it’s  neck & forelimb & already in serious pain from the head wound, it was hardly going anywhere! Anyhow, snooping around on other pages…I found this interesting….”

The general advice given to farmers is to stop grazing their cattle in areas, where the predator has made a kill.  If it is a kill by a tiger, then some sort of compensation is given, because the tiger needs to be saved, given its importance in the food chain.

But it needs to be known why livestock is being attacked. Maybe there is not much natural prey out in the jungle, which might have been poached for all kinds of things.  The predator could be old or injured, though the one in Punakha, wildlife conservation division officials believe, is a young fellow, at least going by the method of attack.

But what of damage by the leopard, the wild dog and the elephant?  Farmers are not compensated for damage and loss by these animals, nor are they allowed to hunt them down.  In some places, even monkeys and the porcupine do a lot of damage.

As an expert recently pointed out, lending an ear to what farmers and villagers might have to say on dealing with the problem could lead to long term sustainable solutions, rather than cash handouts, which take a long time coming and barely cover the loss

“Well if it was a leopard, were the farmers right to kill it the way they did? I will try to keep updated on this story & post any further news!”

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Manitoba investigating after 1,300 piglets euthanized

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A farmers group warns cases like one where close to 1,300 piglets had to be euthanized in Manitoba could become more common due to what it calls a crisis in the hog industry.

The Manitoba government said in a news release on Tuesday that the piglets were found in western Manitoba after a call was received Friday about inappropriate treatment.

It said its chief veterinarian’s office investigated and found the piglets “in severe distress” and that they were put down immediately “to avoid further pain and suffering.”

Doug Chorney, president of Keystone Agricultural Producers, said he fears similar stories could emerge in the coming weeks because troubles in the pork industry mean weanlings are now essentially worthless.

Chorney said farmers face a crisis of low prices for pork, combined with high prices for feed that are being driven by severe drought in the U.S.

“I phoned my neighbour who’s been a lifetime hog producer and is a very astute business person,” said Chorney, who noted the neighbour’s farm has raised hogs for 75 years.

“He said, ‘We’re depopulating our barn and by November there will be no hogs left.”‘

Producers feeling pressured

The Manitoba government says it immediately launched an investigation when it found the piglets. The province isn’t naming the farm or the community it was in, adding no other information will be released due to its investigation.

Gary Stordy, a spokesman for the Canadian Pork Council, said that while he doesn’t know anything about the specifics of the Manitoba case, the conditions in the hog industry now are ripe for it.

Stordy explained that because the cost of feed has spiked so quickly, hog producers have been forced to sell animals because their credit is being pushed beyond their limits. That, in turn, drives down the prices for pork, and producers end up pressured from both directions.

Higher prices for ethanol, which is made from corn, are also a factor in high feed prices, according to the pork council.

It says a task group made up of producers and the federal government has been established to review the situation and identify measures to assist the hog sector.

Unlike in the U.S., an above-average harvest is forecast in Canada, and Chorney said hog producers are feeling like they’re being forgotten in all the talk of a bumper crop.

“The last thing farmers want to see is their livestock suffer, but it takes a real toll on the farmers to try to deal with this and sometimes people do things that they would never normally see themselves do,” Chorney said.

“I can’t emphasize enough the dire situation these farmers are in,” he continued. “The whole industry could be lost and it’s a big driver of our province.”

Stordy, meanwhile, said the pork council is encouraging farmers to seek help if they’re no longer able to support their herds.

“They should reach out to their local SPCA or their local provincial hog board to review what can be done,” Stordy said.

“Animal cruelty is an unfortunate situation and it’s not acceptable. We have to minimize it.”

News Link:-http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/story/2012/08/28/mb-hogs-euthanized-cruelty-animal-vet.html

Shockwaves in Manitoba’s hog industry over investigation

People in Manitoba’s hog industry are shocked a farm in the western part of the province is under investigation for animal cruelty.

Dickson says there is never an excuse to treat animals inhumanely.

Keystone Agricultural Producers head Doug Chorney told CBC News many pork producers are selling off their hogs to reduce their overhead

Read the rest of thisNews Link:http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/story/2012/08/29/mb-hogs-euthanize-cruelty-farm-investigate.html

 

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