Farmer’s piglets looked “skinny and sick”, court hears in suffering trial

Leonard Fulcher outside King's Lynn Magistrates Court. Picture: Ian Burt Leonard Fulcher outside King's Lynn Magistrates Court. Picture: Ian Burt

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
8:26 AM

Piglets looked “skinny and sick” on a farm at the centre of a trading standards prosecution, a court was told.

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Leonard Richard Fulcher, 61, of Ramblewood Farm, Pott Row, went on trial on Monday after he pleaded not guilty to nine breaches of animal welfare laws. They include causing unnecessary suffering.

Paula Cooper, a senior trading standards officer, told King’s Lynn magistrates court she has visited the farm regularly since 2009 after several complaints.

She also made frequent unarranged visits along with vets.

Mrs Cooper told the court that on some of her trips several of of Fulcher’s piglets looked “skinny and sick.”

Talking about a trip to the farm she made with vet Jane Clark in October 2012, Mrs Cooper said: “There was at least three piglets who weren’t doing very well and looked sick.

“Some of the pigs did not have beds, were shivering, and they looked like they were distressed.”

As the trial opened on Monday, the prosecution alleged Fulcher’s pigs were given insufficient food and kept in “squallid” conditions, with insufficient bedding.

The trial continues.

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