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Farm worker caught on camera brutally attacking newborn calf blames violence on girlfriend

The Telegraph: ‘A farm worker who threw a newborn calf to the floor and repeatedly stamped on it before kicking his mother in the head blamed his behaviour on breaking up with his girlfriend months earlier. Owen Nichol, 18, was secretly filmed by an animal rights charity carrying out the abuse at the dairy farm where he worked as an apprentice. He subjected the cows to a 25-minute ordeal, kicking and stamping on a newborn calf seven times after throwing him to the floor. Nichol kicked his nursing mother in the face and slammed a metal gate against the animal, which had given birth just two days before. The footage was shot by activists from campaign group Animal Equality after a tip-off from a member of the public at Pyrland Farm in Taunton, Somerset…

Speaking to an RSPCA inspector, Nichol blamed his behaviour on breaking up with his girlfriend months beforehand and also said his grandmother was ill… Magistrate Dr Peter Reed said: “The offence was deliberate and sustained. It involved kicks, stamping, hitting including to the head, and shouting at the animals… We believe these animals did suffer a relatively high level of suffering, for a short period. The vet described it as the worst case of abuse he had seen in 35 years”… Nichol was sentenced to 12 weeks jail, suspended for one year, and told to undertake a rehabilitation activity for 30 days and 150 hours unpaid work’. SOURCE…

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