Police halt illegal big game hunt for lions, tigers
7 December 2005, MADRID— Spanish police arrested seven people at a farm that let hunters shoot lions, tigers and wolves in exchange for money.
7 December 2005
MADRID— Spanish police arrested seven people at a farm that let hunters shoot lions, tigers and wolves in exchange for money.
Police who raided the farm in the western Extremadura region last weekend arrested hunters who were about to shoot a lion and a tiger, and also found a freshly killed tiger, the Guardia Civil's environmental protection unit said in a statement.
The police also found remains of wolves, which are protected species in Spain, it added.
The man who leased the land housing the farm bought animals from zoos and kept them in cages until hunters paid to have them set free and shoot them.
It did not say what the going rate for a lion or tiger was, but the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia quoted investigators saying it was EUR 24,000.
The statement did not say how long the ranch had been operating, only that the investigation began in the summer. It gave no estimate how many animals may have been killed there.
An official with the environmental protection unit said the agency did not have this information.
The unit released photos of the tiger it said was killed shortly before the raid and of two lions being held in rusty cages.
Hunters at the ranch kept animals' heads, hides or other body parts as trophies and posed for photographs with the dead animals, it said.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news