At Lismore court house, East Coast Horse Rescue protested in favour of changes to the law on animal cruelty, a friend of the accused is shown here speaking with them.
At Lismore court house, East Coast Horse Rescue protested in favour of changes to the law on animal cruelty, a friend of the accused is shown here speaking with them. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Protesters vent anger

LEGAL action brought by the RSPCA against Rosebank property owner Paul Travill for alleged animal cruelty will be heard in Lismore Local Court on Friday, June 1.

Travill has pleaded not guilty to being in charge of an animal and failing to provide veterinary treatment.

He appeared in court yesterday and the matter was adjourned, while outside a group called East Coast Horse Rescue organised a footpath protest.

Rebecca Wopling, a spokeswoman for the group, said it was planned to be a silent protest with placards getting their message across but admitted that at times things had become heated.

"We wanted to keep it calm, but when you ask people to be there, they will always have their own emotions about the issue," she said.

"We had wanted some kind of ending. Now it's three more months to worry about the welfare of the horses.

"As always, our main concern is for the animals."

The Northern Star reported in December that East Coast Horse Rescue was involved in alerting the RSPCA to the alleged cruelty and the RSPCA confirmed that it had received and looked into a number of complaints.

"We've been concerned for the safety and welfare of these horses for a year and a half, which has resulted in various reports to the RSPCA," the group told The Northern Star last week.

"What we are saying to the government, the RSPCA and the court is it is not good enough.

"We want change.



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