Cruel act


A 61-year-old retiree admitted to animal cruelty and was fined for it when he appeared before a Bridgetown Magistrate today.

Vincent Tyrone Clarke of Stadium Road, Bush Hall, St Michael pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a horse on March 25 by beheading the animal to use as meat for dogs.

Police prosecutor Station Sergeant Janice Ifill told the No. 2 District ‘A’ Criminal Court that Clarke owns a kennel with 14 dogs and usually purchases meat to feed them. He reportedly made arrangements with a man to purchase a horse that had health issues.

Acting on information, lawmen went to an area where they saw Clarke at the back of an abandoned house cutting meat from the carcass of a horse.

He was taken into custody and admitted to slaying the horse for the purpose of providing food for his dogs, and was subsequently arrested and charged.

In court today, Clarke told Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant that the owner of the horse had given him the animal because it was sick and dying. He said he had a first-hand look at the animal and it was unable to stand.

Clarke claimed the horse had colic and he initially thought he could make it better, but he could not.

“So I say I would take it out of its misery,” he told the magistrate, adding that he had planned to give the dogs some of the meat and discard the rest of it.

Magistrate Cuffy-Sargeant was not impressed with Clarke’s explanation.

She imposed an $800 fine on Clarke who had one week to pay the money to the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court to avoid three months in jail.

He wasted no time, however, and paid the money before he left the precincts of the Bridgetown Court today.

43 Responses to Cruel act

  1. Ian Mapp
    Ian Mapp March 28, 2017 at 6:15 am

    Chickens, pigs, sheep and cows but a horse is cruelty? WTF?!

    • v Elaine Van Huis March 28, 2017 at 7:26 am

      so true.

    • Elaine Vanhuis
      Elaine Vanhuis March 28, 2017 at 7:28 am

      So true. There is something missing from this story. We put animals out of there misery all the time. Why this?

    • Martine Boyer
      Martine Boyer March 28, 2017 at 8:02 am

      Maybe because the horse had a slow and painful death?

    • Glenn Damon Clarke
      Glenn Damon Clarke March 28, 2017 at 8:20 am

      Have you eaten horse meat? and if you have, did you slaughter the horse in a less painful way as chickens cows and pigs?

  2. Maureen Annius
    Maureen Annius March 28, 2017 at 6:27 am

    That horse should haunt you every night for the rest of your life

    • Kerri March 28, 2017 at 6:30 pm

      The chicken pig sheep fish you eat should haunt you also. Think before you speak. Next time go see how your dinner is killed.

  3. Bajan First March 28, 2017 at 6:43 am

    Those are the kind of heartless people with whom we have to live!

    • hcalndre March 28, 2017 at 7:56 am

      The real bajans are not animals lovers, I once read where a visitor was at a popular beach on island when she saw a man ill treating a dog when she saw a police officer and reported the matter to him and the visitor said she was told that the dog belongs to the man.

  4. DeAmour Murrell
    DeAmour Murrell March 28, 2017 at 6:44 am

    Most bizzare thing I’ve read all week

  5. Nosaj Rellim
    Nosaj Rellim March 28, 2017 at 6:55 am

    Hummm this is a very interesting article. I am an animal lover also, but this question could be asked. If the word ”horse” was replaced by the word ”chicken”, ”cow” or ”turkey” would he be view as a vile animal abuser? In a conversation someone stated to me that persons were outraged when he ”desplined his dog by lashing it, after it did somthing he deemed as punishable. But in his view” you could wip a horse for a mile to get it run around the garrison and hundreds would cheer”. Culture maybe?? Who knows. As for me I couldn’t behead a ant lol

    • Damian Small
      Damian Small March 28, 2017 at 7:42 am

      Spot on!

    • Huasani Manard
      Huasani Manard March 28, 2017 at 9:24 am

      A pig smarter than a horse and goes tru pain same as a horse so I don’t get you , especially d part bout eat livestock to survive. Really?? I mussy dead 17yrs ago

    • Jay Manny
      Jay Manny March 28, 2017 at 10:23 am

      Nothing sad about it. He killed a horse to feed his dogs. Chickens pigs and cows are killed every day for people to eat.

  6. Amaze Attal
    Amaze Attal March 28, 2017 at 7:19 am

    Lock him up… animal lives matter too. Smfh

  7. Demetri Gill
    Demetri Gill March 28, 2017 at 7:38 am

    What he should of done sit to f down in front dogs and let them eat he cruel ppl i must say doa you put the animal to sleep if that is thee case .

    • Lisa Johnson
      Lisa Johnson March 28, 2017 at 7:48 am

      The horse was sick he should not have fed it to the dogs damn monster.

  8. Ejd March 28, 2017 at 7:46 am

    Had he killed a cow, would it be seen as cruelty? Wrong charge here. It should have been for not having a butcher’s licence.

  9. Akilah Bannister
    Akilah Bannister March 28, 2017 at 7:53 am

    Sick to my stomach

  10. Lisa Douglas
    Lisa Douglas March 28, 2017 at 7:55 am

    Smh … Sigh

  11. Kathy Squires
    Kathy Squires March 28, 2017 at 8:01 am

    This is the same person whose mother was kill by dogs

  12. gsmiley March 28, 2017 at 8:07 am

    How was the horse beheaded?

    That’s the question. Do we know whether he used a pen knife to do so or a dull ‘collins’?

    Was it put to sleep prior to the act? I seriously doubt it. Just imagine being beheaded without being anesthetized.

    Cruelty indeed Ian Mapp. We may slaughter pigs and chickens etc. everyday but how.

    We do it humanely. Study it

    • Christopher March 28, 2017 at 7:31 pm

      gsmiley you may not be aware, but there is a lot of backyard slaughtering going on in Barbados every week. And many times the process is not humane, hence the reason why persons are encouraged to purchase meats that are slaughtered at a reputable facility, like a slaughterhouse. Furthermore, in addition to humane slaughter, diseases and conditions are not allowed to enter the food chain.

      Now, if this man is charged for this offense of which I dont have a problem; it means that all of the other backyard butchers who are operating illegally, must also be charged. And the authorities know who they are.
      By illegally I mean not having approval from the relevant authorities to slaughter animals on their premises. In which case inspectors will be sent to inspect the premises and the process.

  13. gsmiley March 28, 2017 at 8:08 am

    Btw Ejd there is a difference between a domestic animal and a farm animal.

  14. Hazelanne Lewis
    Hazelanne Lewis March 28, 2017 at 8:30 am

    What do people think happens to old horses. In many places they are killed and used to produce Pet food. None of you would complain if it were Farm yard animals that was killed and used for pet food.

  15. Stephen Yarde
    Stephen Yarde March 28, 2017 at 8:33 am

    This one is a first..what’s really happening in Bim?Everyday I read this news feed I think I’ve seen it all…then the next story up-stages the one prior.

  16. Helen Connolly
    Helen Connolly March 28, 2017 at 8:44 am

    What a disgusting human being

  17. Naresh Belgrave
    Naresh Belgrave March 28, 2017 at 8:58 am

    You back on that again. You have absolutely no proof that such a thing happens. You heard it from someone else…. Who claimed it happened in front of many witnesses, and yet no one called the police.
    Stop attempting to throw the Barbados RSPCA under the bus!

  18. Huasani Manard
    Huasani Manard March 28, 2017 at 9:21 am

    Wa bout sheep, pig ,goat n chicken …. Are they not considered animals as well?

  19. Kim Gaskin
    Kim Gaskin March 28, 2017 at 9:34 am

    The things that reach the courts n by extention the news….
    I take it that every slaughter house owner needs to b charged as well…
    Wen i see things like this i know the come n of almighty God is near

  20. Kim Gaskin
    Kim Gaskin March 28, 2017 at 9:35 am

    Sharon Antionette Broomes n Sher Griffith-Clouden peep at this

  21. gsmiley March 28, 2017 at 10:03 am

    Huasani and Kim there is a difference between domestic animals and farm animals.

    Those farm animals that are slaughtered aren’t beheaded unmercifully so there would be no need to charge a butcher. We are talking about cruelty here not butchering

    Use wunna brains nuh.

    Don’t just oppose for opposing sake.

  22. Barbara Facci Parra
    Barbara Facci Parra March 28, 2017 at 10:09 am

    unfortunately in this country people don’t love animals.. and there is a weak law to persecute the people treat animals bad. ANIMALS RIGHTS !

  23. Karen Howard-Tripp
    Karen Howard-Tripp March 28, 2017 at 10:10 am

    Hope he was banned from ever owning animals again

  24. Karen Howard-Tripp
    Karen Howard-Tripp March 28, 2017 at 10:14 am

    Guess we should just kill old people when we think they are done. Try taking care of the animal instead, otherwise don’t get it on the first place.

  25. Jay Manny
    Jay Manny March 28, 2017 at 10:28 am

    People kill pigs, chickens, cows and sheep every day, one man kill a horse it is a problem.

  26. Shaq Pac
    Shaq Pac March 28, 2017 at 10:29 am

    Jabari Corbin peep the comments lol.

    • Shaq Pac
      Shaq Pac March 28, 2017 at 10:34 am


  27. OBSERVER March 28, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    He should be made to eat some of that meat for punishment

  28. Marva Lashley-Todd March 28, 2017 at 5:23 pm


  29. Meat lover March 28, 2017 at 9:36 pm

    sir, u ever kill a chicken? how humane is that? Humane treatment for an non human lol. Anyways where do we draw the line, i can have a chicken or sheep as a pet. stop killing my pets and i will not kill urs.


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