Fingers pointed after piggery case crumbles

The case against Wally's Piggery was thrown out of Yass Local Court on Monday. The finger-pointing has begun.

The case against Wally's Piggery was thrown out of Yass Local Court on Monday. The finger-pointing has begun.

Animal Liberation NSW has refused to take the blame for the RSPCA's decision to drop its case against Wally's Piggery.

In a statement the RSPCA said the footage captured by activists in 2012, wouldn't be permissible in a court case against owners Valent (Wally) and Stephanie Perenc.

"We are disappointed that this footage was not lawfully substantiated by Aussie Pigs and/or Animal Liberation, who initially released the footage to the media instead of giving it directly to one of the enforcement agencies," the organisation said.

They also said no one was willing to provide a statement.

When contacted by the Tribune, Animal Liberation NSW spokesperson Emma Hurst said they were being unjustly targeted.

She said no one had come forward to make a statement because the RSPCA wasn't going to use the footage anyway.

"The RSPCA has said that it was our fault for not providing statements however the information they used for the court case is what they gathered when they arrived," she said.

"So a statement on footage that was obtained illegally that they wouldnt take to court anyway wouldn't really be of any benefit to their court case whatsoever."

Ms Hurst also argued that they did hand the footage over to authorities first.

"...the statement saying we handed it directly to the media first is completely untrue," she said.

Both parties claim they are bitterly disappointed about the result.

Mr and Mrs Perenc's lawyer has not returned the Tribune's calls.

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