A farmer, who was caught on video abusing sheep, has been handed a £550 (approximately €650) fine, following an investigation.
William Brown, 59, with an address at Herbertshaw Farm in Penicuik admitted to "violently punching" two rams, causing unnecessary suffering under Section 19 (1) of the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006.
Brown was filmed by an undercover PETA animal welfare officer who obtained the position at the farm and then handed it to the Scottish SPCA.
Scottish SPCA chief inspector John Chisholm said: “This is a serious case of animal cruelty by an experienced farmer."
"He will be fully aware that sheep experience fear and can perceive humans as a threat." he concluded.
Image source: Scottish SPCA