On 21 March 1997, R Hill & Co's cattle were stolen by Procurator Fiscal David Howdle. David Howdle orchestrated the removal and unbelievably the sale and destruction of R Hill & Co's entire herd prior to any criminal proceedings, disregarding with total disdain an 85 year old statute and the rule of law.
Shepherd v. Menzies, 1900 2 F 443: “It has of course to be assumed that cruelty to animals is an offence,—that is to say, a crime. It is not so at common law, but it is made so by the Statute 13 and 14 Vict. cap. 92”.