| The pork scratchings which cost a packet|
|23 Mar 2007 @ 10:35, by Enocia Joseph|
From the Metro.
By the way pork scratchings is the cooked skin of a pig.
The pork scratchings which cost a packet
Thursday, March 22, 2007
One of the pigs accused of illicit bottom-scratching
It was a case of saving a farmer's bacon.
Legal action against David Sunderland's prize pigs, which supposedly damaged protected trees by scratching them with their backsides, has collapsed.
He was taken to court five times after a council claimed the animals ruined bark on the beech trees.
But the case was thrown out yesterday – leaving taxpayers with a £10,000 legal bill.
Mr Sunderland said: 'I thought it was a wind-up. Every animal needs to satisfy an itch and there is nothing you can do about it.'
The farce began when Bradford Council accused Mr Sunderland's pigs of dislodging the bark on 22 trees on his farm.
The trees have preservation orders which stop them from being deliberately damaged.
Mr Sunderland, a married father of four, was summoned to court on 22 counts of 'wilfully damaging trees' as a result of the conduct of his 80 free-roaming Saddleback pigs.
Five hearings and two tree experts later, the council eventually backed down.
I hope the council and farmer can compromise and encourage the pigs to scratch their backsides somewhere else
'These pigs are born, fed and bred in the traditional free-range way,' added Mr Sunderland.
'There's outcry at how factory farmed animals are treated yet, when we bring them up like this, we are getting punished. It's a warning to all farmers.'
Mr Sunderland has now put up fences to ensure the pigs are not tempted to rest against the forbidden trees. But if he's looking for an apology, he's not going to get a sausage.
The council said: 'There are many ways of damaging and destroying trees and it is a landowner's responsibility to take all necessary action – including protection from livestock damage.'
Councillor Anne Hawkesworth, responsible for environment and culture, added: 'I hope the council and farmer can compromise and encourage the pigs to scratch their backsides somewhere else.'
23 Mar 2007 @ 12:21 by jmarc : Silence of the Hams
I loves me some pork rinds, but I don't think I ever had beech flavored before. Sounds like the council should scratch their own backsides, maybe they can remove their heads from them.
23 Mar 2007 @ 14:28 by : Silence of the Hams
Hahaha, snort, hahaha, oink!
You are too funny, jmarc.
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