A farmer in the Hampshire area has been locked up, after his farm was found to be in one of the worst conditions ever reported, as reported by the DailyEcho.
The farmer, Edmund Draper Kane, appeared in court after his farm in New Forest was found to be a “vision of hell”. His 170 cows were found to have been left in a state of filth for many months, with three dying as a result.
The court heard how the 44 year old had left animals lying in their own excrement, without adequate water or bedding and some unable to stand. Mr. Draper appeared in Southampton Magistrates Court, and pleaded guilty to the 13 charges of causing unnecessary suffering to animals, not meeting suitable environments for an animal and failing to comply with bovine duties.
An investigation was taken into the farm, after a someone made a complaint in March of this year. A subsequent visit by inspectors and a vet the following day, resulted in Mr. Kane’s prosecution.
Upon arrival inspectors found the animals in “squalid, filthy conditions”. One cow had died as a result, with one more in need of euthanization. Another calf then died before inspectors returned at the end of March. A total of 45 cows were said to have been left in area’s filled with dangerous equipment or instruments ann without water. A further 100 cows, the courts heard, were left with no dry line.
The defense for Mr Kane said his client had been burdened by his finances as of late and also was the carer of his 85 year old mother. His solicitor said this inspection showed a “blip” and did not signify the long standing state of the farm.
The presiding Judge, Peter Greenfield, slammed Kane for his lack of care for his animals, saying he caused them “enormous suffering”. Judge Greenfield then said leaving them without water was “inexcusable”.
Kane was put behind bars for 12 weeks and ordered to pay more than £5,565 (€6238) in court costs. He was also disqualified from farming, keeping or transporting animals for a minimum of three years.
Note: We reported on this to highlight the importance of hygiene on farms and always having an adequate water supply.
Warning Graphic Images of the farm below: