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Dozens of cows die of hunger

Friday 05 February 2016 - 18

Eight years ago, One Voice discovered dozens of cows dying of hunger and thirst on a property owned by the "B. brothers." Following a seven year legal battle, they were eventually tried in court on the 5th of February this year.

The case
The B brothers may have been isolated from society, but were certainly not poor. According to psychiatric reports, they are mentally stable and able to be held responsible for their own actions, yet they were clearly disinterested in the wellbeing of their animals, who they were keeping solely to gain EU subsidies. They were even unable to recall the size of their herd, which according to investigators, could be estimated between 700-800 animals on 400-500 hectares of land. It was clear they placed no value on the lives of these beings, leaving them to die in excruciating pain, without food or water, when there was hay available. Neighbours testified to having heard their cries. In June and December of 2008, several corpses were discovered. But in February 2009, thirty-seven cows were found dead in the freezing cold, some hidden under tarpaulins. Identification was made possible using a helicopter. Twenty-six survivors were rescued from the brink of death and transferred to our partner, OABA.

The evidence
Farmers receive government subsidies for living animals, but also when they die. In 2007, the B brothers received 175,000 euros in bonuses and CAP subsidies (totaling a quarter of the region's grants) for essentially leaving their livestock to perish. The discovery of bones on the property indicated that this neglect had been going on for some time. The investigating judge also revealed insufficient account charges, indicating that the brothers were embezzling the funds they received from the government to care for their animals. Additionally, the police discovered that some animal passports had "gone missing."

For an exemplary judgment!
One Voice acted as civil prosecutors in the April 2009 proceedings, in which the brothers were charged for serious abuse, cruelty to domestic animals, and for detaining corpses. They lost the first trial in October 2009, as well as the appeal in September 2010. In June 2012 One Voice again took them to court in a new trial requesting that the brothers be banned from owning animals, which they achieved accompanied by a prison sentence for each of them and a fine. But the case was overruled. One Voice then appealed and managed overturn the judgement, invalidating any attempts to resubmit the facts of the case and publishing the arrests in the criminal records and information bulletin. However, the appeal court announced their final judgement in favour of the brothers, so we are now fighting a civil case instead.




Comments

Comment from macaille 83

Non mais qu'elle Honte !
Ces hommes doivent finir en prison et surtout ne doivent plus jamais avoir le droit d'approcher les animaux !

ASSASSINS.

Comment from Caro

C 'est scandaleux, affreux.
Il est indispensable que d'autres bêtes subissent le même sort.

Comment from shoo35

Pitoyable et révoltant !

Comment from Tyflo7

et les voisins les entendaient meugler ... et ils ont fait quoi ?

Comment from dany

C'est vraiment scandaleux il faut que ces personnes soient sévèrement punies et leur interdire d'avoir d'autres animaux à vie ce qui n'est pas le cas pour le moment puisqu'ils ont encore des vaches

Comment from alexandrelegrand

Une horreur et un crime affreux!

Comment from Djamila grouci

Y'a-t-il une pétition pour aider ! !!!!!

Comment from yocat

Cette affaire est dramatique et comme sylden, dans le commentaire précédent, je serais plus que ravie de signer une pétition afin d'apporter mon aide et mon soutien à One Voice, pour qu'un jugement exemplaire soit rendu et prenne effet dés que possible, en espérant de la prison ferme, évidemment...

Comment from moi

Immonde, il faut enfermer ces personnes. Pour rappel les animaux sont des êtres vivants

Comment from dejanire

Quoi dire de plus sur les humains. Les images parlent d'elles-mêmes.

Comment from Celine

Une telle chose est inadmissible et surtout inacceptable ! ! J'espère que le jugement sera exemplaire!!

Comment from Hannao

Comment peuvent-il y avoir aujourd'hui 300 bêtes sur leur terre alors que le jugement final n'est toujours pas rendu?

Comment from evie59

Il faut absolument retirer ces vaches ! Ce ' est pas possible ! C est quoi cette justice ! Ils doivent payer et faire de la prison ! Ce n'est pas normal !

Comment from ackinncad

Je suis choquée et révoltée et bien que je sache que cela ne se fera pas, je trouve que les photos-portraits, ainsi que les noms prénoms et adresses, des personnes qui ont commis ces actes barbares devraient être du domaine public.

Comment from Nelly

C'est ignoble, il ne faut surtout pas les laisser recommencer 😡😡😡

Comment from Garance

La maltraitance animale, sur quel qu'animal que ce soit, doit être sévèrement punie.

Comment from Sissi 05

Inaceptable ! Merci de poursuivre ces deux personnes! Nous espérons que la justice fera vraiment son travail lors du procès en appel!! Trop de maltraitances animales sont traitées de façon négligeable !!!

Comment from sylden

Existe t il une pétition pour vous appuyer?

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