ABATTOIRS

Under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 s.31, the time limit for trying an offence of causing an animal unnecessary suffering was six months from the date upon which the prosecutor considered that it was in the public interest to prosecute an individual. The “prosecutor” meant the CPS and not investigators. A certificate under s.31(2) was not essential and did not have to be issued before proceedings were commenced; where a certificate was defective a prosecutor could issue a new certificate.

[2017] EWHC 1008 (Admin)

Where a stay of prosecution had been granted in a case where a slaughterhouse had been charged with the offence of failing to remove spinal cord material from an animal carcass, the district judge had erred, in the circumstances, in declining to make a defendant’s costs order in favour of the slaughterhouse.

[2008] EWHC 2585 (Admin)