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 Fine for WA trucking contractor highlights welfare responsibilities 

A trucking contractor has been convicted of one charge of animal cruelty under Western Australia’s Animal Welfare Act 2000 for using a cattle prod to move an animal that was injured and had difficulty moving.

Mark Anthony Giorgi was convicted in the Bunbury Magistrates Court on May 2 for the office, which occurred in February 2010. Mr Giorgi was fined $2000 and ordered to pay $2174 costs.

The abattoir was previously convicted for its role in the incident and fined $15,000. WA Department Agriculture Resource Risk Management executive director John Ruprecht said the case was a clear reminder to all livestock transporters that they were legally responsible for the welfare of animals in their care. “Animal welfare is a shared responsibility of everyone involved in the livestock supply chain, including producers, transporters, saleyard operators and abattoirs,” he said.
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