Noah’s Ark of mistreated animalsevacuated in E France

9th September 2004, Comments 0 comments

LA COTE, France, Sept 8 (AFP) - French police on Wednesday confiscated about 100 mistreated exotic animals including poisonous snakes, emus, spiders, red foxes and snapping turtles from the home of a collector in eastern France.

LA COTE, France, Sept 8 (AFP) - French police on Wednesday confiscated about 100 mistreated exotic animals including poisonous snakes, emus, spiders, red foxes and snapping turtles from the home of a collector in eastern France.  

Experts dressed in protective jumpsuits, gloves, masks and boots loaded the scores of animals onto trucks blocking traffic outside the home of artist Michel Depoorter in La Cote, located near France's border with Germany.  

Depoorter, 45, had recently lost a 10-year legal battle to keep custody of his personal menagerie of wild animals, with veterinarians saying some animals were undernourished and kept in unsanitary conditions.  

Some of the animals seized are also protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), and Depoorter did not possess the proper certificates needed for legal ownership, officials said.  

The Frenchman also owns some 150 domestic animals - cats, dogs, sheep, hens - that were not seized in the raid. He has appealed the court's decision to confiscate his collection of exotic animals.

© AFP

 

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