Meat trader accused of animal cruelty keeps more horses (UK)

Jamie Gray, who is under investigation for animal cruelty, is still dealing in horses. Photograph by and courtesy of David Armitage as it appeared in the Daily Mail.
Jamie Gray, who is under investigation for animal cruelty, is still dealing in horses. Photograph by and courtesy of David Armitage as it appeared in the Daily Mail.

Jamie Gray, who is under investigation for animal cruelty, is still dealing in horses.

A meat trader who is under investigation over allegations of animal cruelty at his farm is still dealing in horses.

More than 100 emaciated horses and donkeys were discovered at Jamie Gray’s farm last month.

Animal experts who found another 32 dead animals and had to destroy three more described the scene as an “equine Belsen”.

But only weeks later, the Daily Mail has discovered that the 44-year-old trader has brought a new batch of horses on to his farm in Hyde Heath, Buckinghamshire, keeping them hidden in a barn away from roads and public footpaths.

However, a member of the public spotted the horses apparently being mistreated by Gray, and the RSPCA and numerous police officers raided the farm last Friday.

Several horses were taken away to animal sanctuaries.

Gray buys unwanted animals for as little as £1 before transporting them abroad for slaughter.

After last month’s raid, he appeared at Aylesbury Magistrates Court on February 4 charged with criminal damage and assaulting a police officer.

However he has not been charged with any animal welfare offences and is still under investigation.

Source: THE DAILY MAIL, 19 Feb 2008
Photograph: DAVID ARMITAGE, UK

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