British rural leaders of (criminal) conviction

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, May 1998:

George Lyon, 41, of Kildavannan
Farm, Rothesay, Isle of Bute, newly
elected president of the National Farmers’
Union of Scotland, was fined £250 on
March 30 for allowing seven ewes to be
transported while sick and unfit, and £150
more for allowing a ewe with a damaged
knee joint to suffer pain and distress.
David Watkiss, 58, owner of the
unincorporated Rare Breed Animal
Conservation Trust in Prestwood, Buckinghamshire,
was jailed for three months
and banned from keeping animals for life on
March 26, after conviction on 36 counts of
cruelty for starving a herd of pigs. Watkiss’
business partners, Jeremy Smith a n d
James Cozens were fined £1,200 and
£1,450, respectively, for allowing the suffering
to continue.

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