Colin Giles, co-owner of a Gippsland abattoir has claimed that his family has suffered immense financial and emotional hardship from a state government investigation into animal cruelty charges which have now been dropped.
Giles may consider legal action against PrimeSafe and the Department of Primary Industries as a result of the abandoned charges according to weeklytimesnow.com.
Proceedings which were due to start this week refer to released footage from animal activists in 2011, allegedly depicting cruelty towards pigs during slaughter which resulted in the abattoir being shut down.
“I think we are entitled to some sort of compensation, they have ruined us,” said Giles.
Giles and his former quality assurance manager, James Rodwell, were set to face a number of charges under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. The accusations of which had bought severe stress to his family as well as lost revenue and production.
The three accused abattoir workers received a 12-month behaviour bond after admitting the charges of animal cruelty, however it is Giles who has continued to suffer.
“We cannot understand why we were closed in the first place,” he said.
Giles claims that re-training of staff should have sufficed as a result of incident.
The Department of Primary Industries have not given any reasons as to why the charges were dropped and have stated that they will not be pursing further action in relation to the matter and had no further comments to make.
According to Giles, the abattoir will remain closed.
The initial drastic action and the subsequent dropping of the charges begs the question as to whether an inquiry will be made into the procedures and actions of the DPI in response to such issues.