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Tuesday, December 3, 2013
A pregnant sow who was shot with a crossbow is likely to miscarry her litter of piglets because of the horrific injuries.
The distressed sow was discovered in a Blythburgh field on Saturday morning along with three other pregnant pigs who had been impaled with arrows after the “mindless” attack.
The pigs’ owner, Jimmy Butler, of Blythburgh Free Range Pork, has condemned the criminals as “worse than animals”.
“It was distressing for my men, it was distressing for anyone who had to deal with it and most of all it was distressing for the pigs,” he said.
“It just makes you so angry because it’s a wanton act of vandalism and the real ones to suffer are the pigs - what is the point of it?”
Two more of Mr Butler’s prize pigs were missing from the field, near the water tower on the B1123, and are believed to have been killed by the crossbowman.
The pigs were comparatively worthless if sold for meat, but their piglets would have fetched the highest value.
Mr Butler said that Blythburgh pork was the “very top of the market” serving royalty and exclusive diners at restaurants such as the Ivy and Savoy in London.
The 66-year-old farmer hopes the three pigs discovered with arrows protruding from their backs will make a full recovery after their wounds are cleaned and treated with antibiotics.
However, the fourth sow, whose arrow had been dislodged by the time farm workers found her, is described as “very poorly” and feared to lose her litter.
Mr Butler hopes someone saw the attack and will bring the crossbowman to justice.
“They’re worse than animals, it’s just horrendous,” said Mr Butler.
Suffolk police are appealing for witnesses to the attack, which took place between 5pm on Friday night and 5am the following morning, to contact Pc Mark Bryant on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.