Traveller’s animal ban for cockerel abuse

Paul Stewart failed to get treatment for the cockerels

AN EDINBURGH-BASED traveller has been banned from keeping animals for ten years after he admitted causing unnecessary suffering to two game-breed cockerels.

Paul Stewart, 42, of Northcairntow, Duddingston Road West, was convicted at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on February 2 following a Scottish SPCA investigation.

Stewart, who pled guilty to two charges of causing an animal unnecessary suffering by failing to provide veterinary treatment, was also given twelve months probation and 100 hours community service.

Acting on an allegation that birds were being kept in poor conditions, the Scottish SPCA’s special investigations unit conducted a search at Stewart’s property and found two cockerels both suffering from severe lice infestations causing extensive feather loss.

The birds were both of game-breed and one large cockerel had its natural heel spurs removed while the smaller bird had its natural comb removed.

Scottish SPCA Chief Superintendent Mike Flynn said, “We welcome this conviction which should send a strong message to anyone who thinks it’s acceptable to cause an animal unnecessary suffering.

“The public are our eyes and ears when it comes to exposing all types of animal cruelty and we would encourage anyone with concerns for the welfare of animals to call our helpline on 03000 999 999.”