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Farmer caused bull pain

25 January 2016

A farmer has been ordered to pay £3,825 after an Essex Trading Standards investigation into the welfare of a bull with an ingrown horn growing behind the animal’s eye.
 
 
Philip Coulson, 54, of The Street, Black Notley, was charged with causing unnecessary suffering to a bull sent to slaughter in November 2014.
 
 
The bull had an ingrown horn which had punctured its skin and was growing behind its eye, causing bruising.
 
 
Cllr David Finch, Essex County Council Trading Standards Leader said: “Essex Trading Standards will not tolerate animal cruelty of any kind. We continue to work hard to make sure that farm animals do not suffer.”
 
 
Mr Coulson pleaded not guilty before Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court on Friday, 22 January. Magistrates found him guilty and fined him £750. He was ordered to pay £3,000 in costs and a victim surcharge of £75.
 
 
Essex Trading Standards officers were alerted to the case by a vet visiting C Humphreys and Son abattoir, in Chelmsford, who concluded the bull must have been suffering pain for several weeks.
 
 
The animal was traced back to Mr Coulson using the ear tag identification.