Four youths who stoned more than 100 newborn chickens to death in a sickening attack at a farm have been handed cautions.
The reprimands were this week slammed by one worker at the family-run business who described them as soft.
The three-day old chicks were killed when youths threw bricks and rocks into their pen at Knuzden Brook Poultry Farm on Haslingden Old Road.
Police revealed that a 17-year-old man was given a final warning and three other people aged, 15, 16 and 17, were given reprimands. They are all from Blackburn.
Lancashire Police Constabulary said they also had to attend a Restorative Justice conference with all concerned parties, including the RSPCA and the farmers.
But Gillian Graham, 50, who works at the farm, said: "The punishment isn’t enough. It's too soft on them, there is no deterrent for them.
"Who in their right minds would want to brick chickens?
"My dad is 88 and has been a chicken farmer for almost 60 years. Never in all those years has anything ever happened like that.
"On the other hand I don’t know what else the police could do short of national service. It’s just sick and absolutely wrong. I don’t understand - are they short of something to do?"
The chicks were killed on Tuesday, April 12.
Farm manager Matthew Hyland, 25, had spotted a group of youths outside a chicken pen when he pulled his van up in the yard at 8.30pm that day. The group then ran away across the fields.
Four live chicks were later found in the fields having been dropped by the gang.
At the time police said they were disgusted by the ‘inhumane’ actions.
Following the decision to issue reprimands and a final warning.
St Oswalds ward Councillor Marlene Haworth said: "The punishment has to fit the crime.
"There should be a system in place to deal with things like this regardless of who commits the crime.
"It’s appalling, mindless and terrible."
A reprimand is issued for a first minor offence. A final warning is issued for a second offence, no matter how minor.
It is also possible to get a final warning if your first offence is too serious for a reprimand.
Anybody between the ages of 10 and 18 years can receive a reprimand and/or final warning.
Anyone caught offending after a final warning is dealt with by the courts.