Rise in dumping of dead animals prompts warning to farmers

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By sarahlnewall | Thursday, January 10, 2013, 13:01

FARMERS are being warned they could face a fine or imprisonment for dumping animal carcasses after a rise in Derbyshire reports.

Controls were introduced under Animal By Product Regulations to reduce the risk of disease spread following the outbreak of BSE.

Farm animal carcasses must be disposed of in a manner required by the legislation at an approved renderer or incinerator at the cost of the farmer, which could be up to £100 per animal.

In the last three months of 2012 we dealt with five reports of animal carcasses being dumped illegally across the county.

Incidents were:

four dead sheep in a layby at the side of Repton Road, Swadlincote

a dead sheep dumped on a farmer's land at Dalbury Lees, Ashbourne

a dead calf at Peak Forest

a dead horse by the roadside at Clowne

a dead calf by the side of the road at Moss Rake Quarry, near Bradwell.

This was a marked increase on the previous year when there were just four reports of dead animals being dumped throughout the whole of 2011.

Councillor Kevin Parkinson, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: 

"The controls were introduced to protect the health and safety of the public by preventing the spread of disease and we have a duty to enforce them. It is likely that these incidents have occurred in an attempt to save money in difficult economic times but those responsible are breaking the law and could face a fine and imprisonment.

The owner of the land where the carcasses are dumped not only faces the grim discovery, but may also be responsible for disposal. I would urge responsibility in the disposal of dead livestock in accordance with the law and anyone who knows of carcasses being dumped to report it."

Anyone who has concerns about animal carcasses not being disposed of correctly or who requires advice should contact Call Derbyshire on 08456 058 058.

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