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Cheale Meats employees to be prosecuted for animal cruelty

Posted 28 March 2012

Animal Aid is delighted to report that two former Cheale Meats employees will now face prosecution for animal cruelty. The CPS issued a statement today. It says:

Simon Clements, Head of the Welfare, Rural and Health Prosecutions Division at the Crown Prosecution Service said:

‘I have advised the Food Standards Agency that Piotr Andrzej Wasiuta and Kelly Smith should be prosecuted for animal cruelty offences following the alleged mistreatment of pigs at Orchard Farm, Little Warley, Brentwood, Essex in March and April of last year.

‘Piotr Andrzej Wasiuta faces three charges of causing unnecessary suffering to a pig by applying a lighted cigarette to its snout, contrary to sections 4(1) and 32(1) of the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

‘Kelly Smith faces four charges of causing unnecessary suffering to a pig. Two of the charges relate to failing to ensure that a lame pig was not humanely slaughtered immediately and two of the charges relate to striking a pig with a baton, all contrary to sections 4(1) and 32(1) of the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

‘This decision was taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors. After careful consideration of all the evidence, I am satisfied there is sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction and it is in the public interest to prosecute this case.

‘They now stand charged with criminal offences and they each have the right to a fair trial. It is extremely important that nothing should be reported which could prejudice this trial.’

Background

  • This is a summary only offence which carries a maximum sentence of imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months, or a fine not exceeding £20,000, or both.
  • 29 year old Piotr Andrzej Wasiuta is from the Southend on Sea area
  • 40 year old Kelly Smith is from the Benfleet area

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