12 March 1999
Mink farmer fined for cruelty

A MINK farmer whose animals were released by anti-fur activists was fined yesterday fined after admitting a string of cruelty charges.

Terence Smith was fined £5000 and ordered to pay £15,000 costs by magistrates at Lyndhurst in Hampshire.

It is the first time a British fur farmer has been successfully prosecuted for breaching cruelty and animal welfare regulations.

The case was brought by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food after an investigation by members of the group Respect for Animals.