Friday, 13 March 2015
A man has admitted breaking rules to prevent the spread of animal diseases such as BSE by feeding cattle carcasses to his pack of hounds.
Peter Richardson, 53, of Edenhall, near Penrith, pleaded guilty at court to feeding the bodies to dogs before they had undergone sampling.
Officials said certain cattle must be tested for BSE, also known as mad cow disease.
Cumbria County Council’s trading standards department said the charges came after its inspector and a vet from Defra visited Richardson.
Appearing before magistrates in Carlisle, Richardson admitted five charges of feeding a carcass to his pack of hounds before it had undergone sampling at an approved site.
This related to five dates between July 2013 and March last year.
He also admitted failing to treat the meat by not staining it with a black dye and failed to keep a record of transporting and receiving animal by-products.
A further charge of failing to keep a record was dismissed.
Richardson was fined £600 and ordered to pay prosecution costs of £2,126.
Trading standards officials said cattle over the age of 48 months which die on farms must be brain-sampled and tested for the presence of BSE by an approved operator.
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