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Apprentice farm worker avoids jail after kicking cow in face and stamping on new-born calf

A teenager has been banned from keeping and working with livestock for two years after kicking and stamping on cow and calf. 


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Apprentice farm worker given 12-week sentence for animal cruelty

More than 25 minutes were spent kicking a newly calved cow in the face and kicking her new-born calf before ‘throwing it to the ground’ and stamping on it seven times.

 

Owen Daniel Patrick Nichol, 17, of Buckland Road, Taunton was sentenced earlier today (April 26) at Taunton Magistrates’ Court for causing unnecessary suffering to the animals.

 

The stockman was also filmed hitting the cow with a metal gate.

 

RSPCA inspector John Pollock said the cruelty was ‘unacceptable’.

 

He said: “It showed a prolonged attack on defenceless animals who should not have been subjected to such treatment.

 

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“The cows and calves in the footage were in the care of Nichol who instead of helping them directed anger and violence towards them.”

 

Mr Nichol blamed his actions on the fact he had split up with his girlfriend four months earlier and said his grandmother had been unwell.

 

He previously pleaded guilty on December 8 2016 to causing unnecessary suffering to one or more cows through hitting and kicking and causing unnecessary suffering to one or more calves by throwing, kicking and stamping under section 4 of the Animal Welfare Act.

 

The incident at Pyrlands Farm, Taunton, in December last year was branded the ‘worst ever’ animal cruelty attack in the last 35 years.

 

Dr Toni Shephard, Animal Equality’s UK director, said: “We thank the RSPCA for prosecuting this case so swiftly. Our only frustration is that UK law does not permit stronger sentences for animal abuse.”

 

Nichol was later dismissed from the farm where he was working as an apprentice through college.

 

He was fined £415 in costs and victim surcharge and given a 150 community order.


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