Top UK Court Sets Lower Bar For Prosecutors In Farm Case

Law360, London (October 16, 2020, 7:57 PM BST) -- The U.K.'s top court ruled Friday that prosecutors do not have to prove a poultry farm acted negligently to prove criminal animal welfare charges, setting an easier burden of proof for the government to clear.  

In a unanimous decision, the U.K. Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling that animal welfare offenses that occurred at Highbury Poultry Farm Produce Ltd. were judged under the strict liability standard, meaning that negligence by the business operator does not have to be proved.

Highbury Poultry Farm kills an average of 75,000 chickens daily, or 19.5 million a year, at the plant. Birds are first...

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