Taskforce inspects piggery at Young
after animal mistreatment allegations
A PIGGERY near Young with links to another at Murrumbateman has been inspected by a taskforce investigating mistreatment and the illegal trade of pigs.
Investigations into the Murrumbateman piggery are continuing after video footage mistreatment at the facility was made public last week.
The owner of that piggery has been issued with instructions regarding the ongoing management of the facility and welfare of the pigs, the State Department of primary Industries says in a statement.
Members of the taskforce returned to the Murrumbateman property yesterday (Thursday) as part of ongoing investigations and to monitor compliance with the instructions.
A number of improvements have already been made and the facility will continue to be monitored closely with regular inspections by animal health and welfare officials, the DPI says.
Officials have also visited the second piggery near Young.
The RSPCA is continuing to review video footage of the alleged mistreatment of pigs and investigations are ongoing.
Significant fines or imprisonment apply for acts of aggravated acts of cruelty to animals, says the DPI.
The cross-agency taskforce comprises animal health and welfare representatives from Department of Primary Industries, RSPCA, Animal Welfare League, Livestock Health and Pest Authority, NSW Food Authority and NSW Police.