Farmers are being warned they could face a fine or imprisonment for dumping animal carcasses after a rise in reports in Derbyshire.
Controls were introduced under Animal By Production Regulations to reduce the risk of disease spread following the outbreak of BSE and farm animal carcasses must be disposed of at an approved renderer or incinerator at the cost of the farmer, which could be up to £100 an animal.
But in the last three months of 2012 Derbyshire County Council dealt with five reports of animal carcasses being dumped illegally across the county, including a dead horse by the roadside at Clowne and a dead calf by the side of the road at Moss Rake Quarry, near Bradwell
Coun Kevin Parkinson, cabinet member for regeneration, said: “The controls were introduced to protect the health and safety of the public by preventing the spread of disease and we have a duty to enforce them.
“It is likely that these incidents have occurred in an attempt to save money in difficult economic times but those responsible are breaking the law and could face a fine and imprisonment.”
n Anyone with concerns about animal carcasses not being disposed of correctly or who requires advice should call 08456 058058.