ALACT outraged at dropping of charges against Wally's Piggery operators
On Monday 17 November 2014 all animal cruelty charges agains the operators of Wally's Piggery were dropped by RSPCA NSW
Animal Liberation ACT is appalled by the withdrawal of the case against Wally and Stephanie Perenc, the operators of Wally's Piggery. The deplorable conditions in this piggery just outside Canberra were brought to light in August 2012. General community outrage was expressed across the nation. Almost a year to the day after Animal Liberation's investigation into this travesty of a 'farm' was released, the RSPCA NSW laid 53 charges against the operators, including 12 counts of alleged aggravated animal cruelty. The full horror of the conditions in which the poor animals lived and died in the piggery can be seen on Australian Pig Farming: The Inside Story.
Now, more than 2 years after the initial investigation, RSPCA NSW has revealed that it has dropped ALL charges against the piggery operators. No compelling reason for dropping the charges has been provided by the animal welfare organisation. Indeed, for most of its brief statement about the dismissal of the case it blamed the very activists who brought the case to light. Without these activists, there is little doubt the operators of Wally's Piggery would be still be farming pigs today. Now, thanks to the dismissal of the case, they can do so again.
This is a catastrophic failure of the legal system to protect the most vulnerable and exploited beings in our society: farmed animals.
A scene inside Wally's Piggery, 2012 (aussiepigs.com)