Cabinet calls on public to report dog gangs

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Eyewitnesses who fear reprisals could file reports anonymously.

9 April 2008

THE NETHERLANDS – The cabinet has called on members of the public to file a report against gangs hunting wild animals with specially trained dogs.

On Monday, a current affairs programme showed footage of rabbits, hares and roe deer being ripped apart by dogs. Police say the perpetrators are doing it for the thrill.

MPs were shocked by the programme and asked justice minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin and nature minister Gerda Verburg for an explanation.

The ministers told parliament that the Public Prosecutors' Office and police are determined to crack down on the illegal hunting practices but, unfortunately, eyewitnesses rarely file reports. The ministers emphasised that eyewitnesses who fear reprisals could also file reports anonymously.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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