03 March 1998
Lyon business faces animal cruelty charges

GEORGE Lyon, a front-runner for the presidency of the National Farmers Union of Scotland, will face animal cruelty charges next Monday.

Mr Lyon has disclosed that a procurator fiscal will bring a case against his business, A&K Farms, on Monday for an alleged breach of animal welfare rules.

The allegation involves a small number of cast ewes which were taken from A&K Farms, Bute, to Stirling market by a member staff, not Mr Lyon personally.

A “continuation without plea” will be lodged because of the short notice.

Mr Lyon said he was disappointed the case was going ahead. Scottish Office veterinary staff had given his business a complete clean bill of health, he said.

  • The Scotsman 03/03/98 page 29