23 October 2014 No Comments by The Northern Standard

An illegal abbatoir was discovered outside Clones in the Analore area on Saturday last. The discovery was made as part of a joint operation by the gardaí and the Department of Agriculture in relation to cattle thefts.

Two people are helping gardai with their enquiries in relation to the discovery and a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Brian Treanor, Chairperson of Co Monaghan Irish Farmers Association (IFA) told The Northern Standard:

“All I know is that the Gardaí moved in on a premises and discovered what appears to be illegal activity. If something is going on regarding the illegal slaughter of animals, the discovery is welcome.

“Illegal activity poses a threat to the entire livestock industry and it undermines legitimate farmers and processors who are under scrutiny,” Mr Treanor stated.

He added: “A sizeable amount of cattle are being stolen from farms, which is illegal in itself. Stock has no value unless it is converted into food, and these animals can’t go to legitimate abattoirs without a change of identity. Nobody steals cattle for the fun of it or to look after them.”

Stressing that the abbatoir found outside Clones was not necessarily connected to stolen cattle, the IFA county chairperson concluded by welcoming the development and complimenting the authorities on being able to move in on illegal activity.

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