Breeder sentenced over pig cruelty

A pig breeder from Hertfordshire was given a 12-week sentence, suspended for 12 months, for causing suffering to pigs.

The 60-year-old man, named as Leslie Barker, was found guilty on 27 November for causing suffering to 13 pigs, which were described by the RSPCA as being “emaciated”.

RSPCA inspector Rebecca Bedson claimed the state of the pigs was so bad, it was evident from the roadside. She said: “They were all underweight and some severely underweight. Mr Barker was feeding them an inadequate diet. Pigs need protein and he was only giving them sugar beet and potatoes on the day we visited the farm with a vet.”

Barker was breeding the pigs, all of which were rare breeds, for the commercial market. The nine surviving pigs were re-homed by the RSPCA and Barker was also ordered to pay £1,500 costs as well as complete 150 hours of unpaid community service.

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