An Irish farmer has been banned from keeping animals for 10 years after being found guilty of repeated animal cruelty. Donegal farmer Leslie Stewart was found guilty on multiple animal cruelty charges. The 74-year-old man had been keeping dogs locked in a van without water and allowing the carcasses of animals to sit out unburied. He was also keeping pigs and chickens being kept in trailers without adequate access to water.

The three dogs were removed from a locked van and had symptoms of heat stroke. The dogs were taken to the Irish Society for the Prevention of Animal Cruelty (ISPCA) for rehabilitation and were rehomed. The animal cruelty was uncovered during inspections by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

A Judge named Éiteáin Cunningham described the case as “horrendous” and “disturbing” and fined him €1,500 as well as banned him from keeping animals for 10 years. He was sentenced to four months in jail.

Unfortunately, this was not the first time the man was caught abusing animals. The judge said that Stewart had not learned from his previous offenses. Back in 2016, Stewart received a suspended sentence and was banned from keeping animals for two years.

All of the animals on the land have been rescued. Many of the animals were in such bad condition that they had to be euthanized.

Unfortunately, issues like this are not uncommon, and farm animals even experience legal cruelty.

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Farm animal lives are cut extremely short because as soon as they reach the desired size, or become less productive milk producers or egg layers, they are sent to the slaughter for people to eat. Even though society deems it acceptable to do every single one of these things regularly to certain animals, if someone were to do them to a dog or a cat, they’d probably be arrested for animal cruelty.

The thought of cutting a dog’s tail off, ripping her teeth out, branding her instead of giving her a name, shoving her in a tiny cage for her entire life, making her have puppies and then taking them away, and continuing to milk her so that you can drink the milk, before finally killing her and making dinner with her carcass sounds pretty psychotic. Yet this is what happens to billions of farm animals every single year.

If the thought of doing this to a cat or dog makes you feel disgusted, then you should ask yourself — do you believe this is an acceptable way to treat any animal?

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