The former president of the Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association (ICSFA) has been sentenced to 5 months’ imprisonment after being found guilty of what Inspectors from the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals described as one of the worst cases of farming cruelty they had ever dealt with.
In this heyday as the ICSFA’s President, John Deegan Snr focussed on stopping the importation of meat from non-European countries because of the problems of “non-traceability”.
But the scenes awaiting inspectors at his 300-acre holding in Co. Wicklow were horrific – sick and emaciated horses, donkeys, cattle and sheep. Animal carcasses were also present. The horrible irony is that Deegan was well known for telling other people how best to care for their animals, yet he took so little time to look after his own.
He is appealing the severity of the sentence.