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Cheshire farmer pleads guilty to animal cruelty charges

Jun 2 2008 Chester Chronicle

A FARMER who accused Defra and Cheshire Trading Standards officials of an ‘18-month witch hunt‘ against him has pleaded guilty to charges of animal cruelty.

David Dobbin, formerly of Chorlton Lodge Farm, Backford, and his partner Jayne Lofthouse, will appear for sentencing before Chester Crown Court on June 20.

The defendants have also pleaded guilty to a conspiracy relating to the illegal burial of carcasses, contrary to the Animal By-Products Regulations, that govern their disposal.

Guilty pleas have also been entered to sample charges of altering the identity of cattle by switching their ear tags, contrary to strict cattle identification regulations that ensure traceability and protect the food chain.

Despite monitoring and advice provided by Defra and Cheshire Trading Standards Officers, the situation and the conditions on the farm deteriorated to such an extent that cattle were seized and several animals had to be humanely destroyed.

A burial pit was discovered on the farm and multiple carcases were exhumed.

Dobbin was granted leave to seek judicial review of Defra’s action in seizing the cattle but was unable to stop the destruction of his herd.

In February 2007 Defra barrister George Peretz told the High court that Dobbin had shown a “flagrant disregard” for the system of identification measures introduced in the wake of “mad cow” disease.

The case attracted national publicity after Dobbin had accused Defra and Cheshire Trading Standards of mounting a ‘witch hunt ‘against him.

Dobbin, currently believed to be living in his native Ireland, is facing charges for alleged fraud and deception offences in other parts of the country

 

What is there to say? The worst tragedy is that he has been labelled a farmer and that’s not fair on the rest of them!


Email received from Cumbria March 18 2007

in response to the story of the destruction of Mr Dobbin's prize-winning dairy herd.