A 59-year-old man from Wheatland County is facing a long list of charges.
In November of last year, reports came in regarding a man who was slaughtering sick and injured cattle, selling uninspected meat and then unlawfully disposing of the dead cattle.
Alberta Agriculture Inspections and Investigation Section (IIS), Wheatland County and the RCMP Livestock Investigation Unit (LIU) were involved in the arrest and shutting down of the operation.
The investigation uncovered information that the man was causing unnecessary suffering to cattle by failing to provide adequate care and feed for his animals.
Officers confiscated evidence of sick animals and of meat sales which is in contravention of the Alberta Meat Inspection Regulation.
Last Tuesday (Feb. 21, 2023), all three agencies entered the property in question and witnessed employees slaughtering cattle.
36 dead calves, multiple cow parts and over 100 tags from slaughtered cows were found on the property.
Peter Wiebe of Wheatland County was arrested at the scene and is facing the following charges:
- Causing Unnecessary Suffering to Animals
- Allow/permit animals to be in distress
- Unlawful disposal of dead cattle
- Deal in livestock or livestock products without being licenced
- Sell uninspected meat
- Fail to label meat "UNINSPECTED - NOT FOR SALE"
He was released with his court appearance in Drumheller Provincial court scheduled for March 24, 2023.