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The jury is due to go out tomorrow (Wed 12th July) for the four animal rescue workers on trial at Chichester Crown Court.

All were charged with two counts of burglary and one count of theft, they entered not-guilty pleas using the defence of honesty. The defendants, including an ex-RSPCA employee, have no previous convictions and are of good character.

The incident took place on the 3rd July 2005 at The Old fuel Depot, Chichester where almost 300 animals were rescued from appalling conditions. The old fuel depot was a breeding site for domestic animals run by Mr Porter. These animals are then sold on to the pet industry.

Mr Porter has indeed been the star witness of the case with his blatant disregard for the welfare of the animals in his care. He has was very open and honest about the conditions he kept his animals in and was at one point warned by the judge that he did not have to answer questions that may lead him to be prosecuted!

The RSPCA has admitted their failings and that Mr Porter should have been prosecuted.

A full write up will follow after the jury have reached their verdict, and information on how we can all help to stop the suffering of the animals which are still in Mr Porter's 'care'.

To view some of the footage taken inside the Old Fuel Depot, Chichester please visit http://www.totalliberation.co.uk/sarctv  and click on 'Phil Porter Expose - 2005"

For further information please contact:

Southern Animal Rights Coalition
PO Box 5668, Poole, Dorset, BH15 3ZR

info@sarconline.co.uk
0845 4584673




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PREVIOUS PRESS RELEASE DATED Thursday 29th June 2006

Four animal rescue workers will appear at Chichester Crown Court on 3rd July charged with two counts of burglary and one count of theft. All have previously entered not guilty pleas and the trial is due to last six days.

The defendants, including an ex-RSPCA employee, have no previous convictions and are of good character.

The incident took place on the 3rd July 2005 at The Old fuel Depot, Chichester where almost 300 animals were rescued from appalling conditions. The old fuel depot is a breeding site for domestic animals run by Mr Porter. These animals are then sold on to the pet industry.

This is due to be a trial of great interest because the defendants are not denying that they carried out a rescue attempt but they are using the defence of honesty.

Following a tip off from a neighbour the defendents had carried out covert filming three weeks before the rescue documenting appalling acts of cruelty at the Old Fire Depot. They found an intensive puppy farm in operation on site. Locked in a shed were 13 dogs being illegally reared in veal crates (Mr
Porter is an ex-veal farmer). Dogs were also living in cupboards. The floors were covered in excrement and the dogs were showing obvious signs of distress.

Dogs were also found outside locked in small cages, one particular dog looked near to death and appeared to be unable to move. She was covered in tumours and all of the dogs had mange. A pair of Dalmatians were also living in a filthy car which lacked sufficient water and ventilation for them to breathe throughout the heat of the summer.

Also found on site were hutches over 1/2 foot deep in excrement. They were crawling with bugs and flies and many of the rabbits inside had cysts and open wounds. The majority of the hutches had little or no water, the water bottles were mouldy and insufficient amounts of food had been scattered on to
the excrement. The stench was overwhelming and unbearable.

Shut inside an old horse box many hens were living in feet of excrement and carcasses of animals. The only food available consisted of the carcasses of other birds whom had starved. They did not have access to water.

Exotic birds were kept in cages so small they were unable to spread their wings, and rodents were crammed into small cages full of excrement and decaying bodies.

After further information from the neighbour the defendants learned that this premises had passed RSPCA inspection, and so were compelled to act in the best interests of animal welfare.

On the morning of July 3rd 2005 animal rescue volunteers took part in a rescue to alleviate suffering. Many animals were rescued and placed in loving homes. Arrests were made later that day and 180 animals were returned to the old fuel depot by the police. The dogs were not recovered by the police, and all made it to their new homes.

The RSPCA inspected the cages that Mr Porter had been keeping the animals in and said they were 'disgusting' and contravened the five freedoms. The police would not allow the RSPCA to inspect the Old Fuel Depot and the police returned the animals to appalling conditions.

In the following days the RSPCA visited Mr Porter and inspected his site. They offered to rehome the animals still on site and told Mr Porter he could not keep animals in those conditions. Mr Porter would not allow the RSPCA to take the animals and rehome them and said he would 'dispose' of them in his
own way.

The defendants will tell the court that they carried out this rescue to relieve the suffering of animals as a matter of urgency so that they could receive emergency veterinary treatment and to find them safe loving homes. They will also tell the court that they hoped to publicly expose the failings of the RSPCA and expose unregulated pet shops breeders such as this.

A spokesperson for the Southern Animal Rights Coalition, Steven Green, said of the case, "This is a disgusting perversion of British law. As a nation of animal lovers, we have been led to believe that the abuse of animals is a criminal offence, and yet in a sick twist of justice, those who have attempted to emancipate animals from appalling neglect and abuse find themselves the accused in a court of law. We call upon the police and CPS to discontinue the case against all four rescue workers, and prosecute the true criminal - Mr. Phillip Porter."

To view some of the footage taken inside the Old Fuel Depot, Chichester please visit http://www.totalliberation.co.uk/sarctv  and click on 'Phil Porter Expose - 2005"

For further information please contact:

Southern Animal Rights Coalition
PO Box 5668, Poole, Dorset, BH15 3ZR

info@sarconline.co.uk
0845 4584673
 


 

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