Former Welsh NFU president admits breaches of the Animal Welfare Act
Hugh Richards, 66, of Felinfoel, Llanelli, admitted breaches of the 2006 Animal Welfare Act, when he appeared before magistrates at Llanelli. The court heard that inspection of a consignment of lambs he was taking to Carmarthenshire market revealed several with foot rot and deemed unfit to travel.
The prosecution was brought by Carmarthenshire County Council, of which Richards is chairman. He is a former president of the National Farmers’ Union in Wales. He was fined £920 on charges of cruelty to animals. In his defence Richards said after the case that “farmers needed to be aware of the higher standards demanded under the Act.” He said, “I’m bitterly sorry that it happened, but it was not intentional. It was an oversight.”
VEGA had a lot to do with discussions and consultations with the Animal Welfare Act 2006.