Recently the animal livestock sectors of the region have been discussing the issues facing their industry with rising feed prices and overheads, and the imminent implementation of new EU legislation which will necessitate many of them making changes to their existing installations, the combination of which is making the likelihood of their insolvency an ever increasing possibility.
However, some appear to have already thrown in the towel and abandoned installations, one of which was discovered yesterday by Agents from SEPRONA, the wildlife protection service of the Guardia Civil, in collaboration with inspectors from the Department of livestock and fisheries.
Officers carrying out routine inspections discovered a pig farm in Lorca, which had been abandoned, leaving around 60 pigs starving to death.
There was no food or water in the installations and the skeletal animals which remained could do little other than eat the corpses of the pigs which had already died.
Some dead animals had just been left lying on the floor in installations whilst others had been thrown into an open pit and were found in an advanced state of decomposition. All dead animals, must be removed by authorised transportation and disposed of by cremation to prevent infection and disease.
The whole site was full of rats and in a highly unsanitary condition.
Evidence has now been submitted to the Ministry of agriculture and prosecution will now follow for a number of offences relating to the sanitary conditions and mistreatment of animals.
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