Dehorning and corruption

Painful dehorning of calves, infamous Wally confesses to bribery

“I bribed them all” – Hidden cameras capture damning confession and continued cruelty at the former Wally's Piggery property, now operating as a beef cattle farm.

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Hidden cameras installed at the cattle feedlot operated by former pig farmer Wally Perenc, near Yass NSW, have shone new light on the animal cruelty charges mysteriously withdrawn in 2014 by RSPCA NSW, and bolstered calls for the RSPCA to be stripped of its jurisdiction over farm animal cruelty.

The new footage depicts adolescent calves bellowing in anguish as their young horns are ripped off without pain relief, not 100 metres from the now defunct piggery made infamous by 2012 covert footage. Numerous animals are seen suffering from eye infections, respiratory issues and even blindness, while others lie dead or dying.

Speaking to another man helping him, Wally can be heard discussing the older footage and the resulting case against him: “Here, f**ken greenies come, video everything, showing how… killing pigs, with a hammer… went everywhere, all over the country. Our lawyer say, I just can’t help you, I just can’t help you… get f**ked you can’t help me! … But then I come to court, fella come, he was the prosecutor… come to me he says Wally, I heard you’re in a bit of trouble… I was killing pigs before, and I f**ken bribed them all!”

Though unclear precisely who he claims to have bribed, we believe the recorded confession adds to the sense of corruption surrounding the sudden and unexplained withdrawal of 53 charges of animal cruelty, including 12 counts of ‘aggravated’ cruelty, in 2014. In a statement at the time, RSPCA NSW attributed the decision to the reluctance of those who installed the hidden cameras to identify themselves, despite all 53 charges relating solely to the RSPCA’s own inspections and not relying in any measure on the original footage.

RSPCA NSW is afforded its powers to investigate and prosecute cruelty towards farm animals under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979, an Act administered by the Department of Primary Industries (DPI). A source within the RSPCA claimed that the Minister for Primary Industries at the time, Katrina Hodgkinson, had threatened to strip the organisation of these powers if it did not drop the charges.

Join us in calling for an end to the industry self-regulation of farm animal cruelty, in favour of establishing an Independent Office of Animal Protection in NSW, as a proof-of-concept for other states to follow. The move has already been recommended to the NSW Government by a recent Parliamentary Committee on Animal Cruelty Laws.

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Animals in NSW are not being protected because the same government department is responsible for animal welfare and animal industries, and our animal cruelty laws are being enforced by under-resourced and unaccountable charities.

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