Among other things, the animals have not had a clean and dry bed, but have been wet or frozen, depending on the season.
From a sheep farm is charged in Satakunta District Court with a serious animal welfare offense and a violation of the By-Products Act.
The prosecutor demands that the man be sentenced to probation and sentenced to a ban on keeping sheep for at least seven years.
The suspicions of crime date from the end of 2018 to the end of 2019.
The prosecutor according to the man has intentionally or at least through gross negligence treated the sheep he has owned and cared for with care, causing unnecessary suffering. There had been serious shortcomings in animal husbandry for a long time.
The indictment alleges that the man slaughtered several sheep in an illegal manner without the animals being stunned.
In addition, there were many negligences in caring for the sheep. For example, animals may have injured themselves in broken enclosure structures. The animals have not had a clean and dry bed, but have been wet or frozen depending on the season. There have been several malnourished sheep on the farm and the sheep’s water supply has been repeatedly neglected. The provision of care for sick sheep had also been neglected.
In December 2019, the control veterinarian made a decision under the Animal Welfare Act to slaughter sheep as a matter of urgency in order to avoid further suffering to the animals.
The man is also charged with a violation of the By-Products Act.
According to the indictment, 92 sheep have died on the farm, either slaughtered or otherwise, and by-products resulting from the farm, such as carcass parts, were not disposed of as required by the regulation.
The district court was told that the accused denied the charges at the hearing.