Farmer sentenced at Ballymena Court

Date published: 24 November 2021

Mr William Ronald Armstrong (63) of Gorey Road, Cabragh, Dungannon was sentenced at Ballymena Magistrates Court of one charge of transporting an animal that was not fit for the journey and one charge of transporting animals without an authorisation from the Competent Authority.

Mr Armstrong had previously pleaded guilty and received a 200 hour community service order.

The case arose when a DAERA Official Veterinarian at an abattoir examined a cow presented by Mr Armstrong. The animal was extremely emaciated and showed signs of weakness, in the opinion of the Veterinarian, the animal was unfit to be transported and was subjected to unnecessary and avoidable risk of injury during its transport to the abattoir.

Notes to editors: 

  1. Mr William Ronald Armstrong was convicted of one charge of causing to be  transported or transported an animal which was not fit for the journey, contrary to Regulation 5(1)(a) of the Welfare of Animals (Transport) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006 and the Council Regulation (EC) No 1/2005.
  2. Mr William Ronald Armstrong was convicted of one charge of transporting bovine animals without an authorisation from the competent authority as required by Article 6(1) of Council Regulation EC No 1/2005, contrary to Regulation 5(1) of the Welfare of Animals (Transport) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006.
  3. The Department gives high priority to the welfare of animals and operates a vigorous enforcement policy to ensure full compliance of regulatory requirements. Any breaches are investigated thoroughly and offenders prosecuted as necessary.
  4. The Welfare of Animals (Transport) Regulations (NI) 2006 also requires that animals must be fit to travel and must be cared for if they fall ill or are injured during transport. The animals must be accompanied by competent persons and must be transported to their destinations without undue delay. All those who have animals in their care either on farm, in transit or at slaughter have a duty of care to look after that animals’ welfare.
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