Animal Rights

Farmer Sentenced To One Year In Jail For Starving 400 Pigs To Death

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

A Norwegian farmer was sentenced to 12 months in jail for letting more than 400 pigs starve to death in his barn.

A court in southern Norway ruled on the animal cruelty case on Friday.

The farmer was also banned from keeping any animals for the next 20 years.

In February 2013, food safety authorities discovered the 400 corpses and reported the animal abuse. Another 60 neglected pigs at his farm had to be put down because they were in such poor health.

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The man testified that he initially stopped feeding and watering the pigs, then he just left them alone in a barn. He said after a while he was too scared to see what had become of the animals.

The farmer’s attorney sought an acquittal, arguing that his client was suffering from psychological problems at the time. He said he was under tremendous pressure due to an illness in the family.

The court handed down a tougher sentence than the seven months the prosecutor demanded.

"It is incomprehensible in the view of the court that [the accused] knew for some time [the condition of the animals] without doing anything to prevent an animal tragedy," ruled the Tønsberg court.

"As regards the number of animals and the level of suffering, this is an animal tragedy which thankfully rarely happens in Norway," the court added.

Sources: The Local, New York Daily News