Uk: Spindles farm Horse Cruelty – Petition to Print and Return Completed by END OF FEBRUARY

Past SAV Posts on this case:

https://serbiananimalsvoice.wordpress.com/2009/05/09/uk-england-five-members-of-same-family-all-found-guilty-of-neglecting-horses-and-ponies/

https://serbiananimalsvoice.wordpress.com/2009/06/13/england-uk-legal-victory-horse-trader-sentenced-to-6-months-prison-fined-400000-and-given-a-life-ban-on-keeping-horses-ponies-and-donkeys/

https://serbiananimalsvoice.wordpress.com/2009/07/20/uk-horse-trader-faces-bail-breach-charge-update/

PETITION ATTACHED –

PLEASE PRINT OUT AND FILL AS MANY AS YOU CAN, AND RETURN TO ADDRESS ON THE PETITION BY THE END OF FEBRUARY 2010 ……………. THESE PETITIONS WILL BE HANDED INTO THE COURT BEFORE SENTENCING ………..  

Print out Petitions by clicking on this link:

Petition Spindles Farm 2 (1)

Please return this petition to: – Great Yarmouth Against Animal Cruelty, 11 Market Row, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 1PB

 By End February 2010

Thank You

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From the Bucks Examiner

Vet: Gray’s horses were ‘appallingly thin’

Posted by Hannah Williams on Feb 2, 10 11:53 AM in Crime

A VET has likened some of the ‘appallingly thin’ horses, ponies and donkeys owned by farmer James Gray to survivors of Belsen or Auschwitz concentration camps.

Paul Jepson, veterinary surgeon at The Horse Trust’s Home for Rest for Horses, examined 14 equines taken into the charity’s care at Speen, near Princes Risborough.
He told a court: “One gets quite used to seeing scruffy ponies but I was quite shocked when I saw these animals – shocked an appalled to be honest. What came to mind was the visions one sees on the television of Belsen and Auschwitz.

“The animals I was looking at, they struck me as appallingly thin but I think, overwhelmingly, the apathy they were exhibiting, that struck me the most.
My stable manager, who is quite a hard nut, actually cried when she saw these animals, and that is unusual.”

Mr Jepson, who has 38 years experience and is a former director of veterinary services for the Ministry of Defence, also spoke of the progress made by the animals after they were seized from Gray’s farm in Chalk Lane, Hyde Heath, in January 2008. His evidence was part of appeal proceedings held at Bicester Magistrates Court, Oxfordshire, which is sitting as Aylesbury Crown Court.

James Gray, 46, his wife Julie, 42, and their daughters Cordelia, 21, of Spindles Farm, Chalk Lane, Hyde Heath, and Jodie, 27, of Park Road, Ashford, Middlesex, and a 17-year-old who cannot be named for legal reasons, were last year found guilty of failing to ensure protected animals’ welfare needs were met.

Gray and the teenage defendant were also found guilty of nine counts of causing unnecessary suffering under the requirements of the Animal Welfare Act. More than 100 horses were removed from the farm in January 2008 in one of the RSPCA’s biggest investigations.

He told Judge Christopher Tyrer, who hearing the appeal with two magistrates, on Monday: “Within four hours their demeanour had changed significantly. They started taking a real interest in their surroundings.”

When asked by Michael Fullerton, defending, whether the equines’ thinness was because they were still growing, Mr Jepson said: “I do not accept the body condition of these animals is due to some quirky growth phase or directly due to parasitism.”

The case continues.

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