UK man convicted for mistreating birds of prey

Animal News : UK man convicted for mistreating birds of prey

A man from the United Kingdom (UK) has been banned from keeping animals for five years. The Leicester Magistrates’ Court found him guilty of mistreating birds of prey.

In September, authorities discovered 23 protected birds in poorly maintained aviaries on Whitehall Road, Ellistown. The 33-year-old man did not have the necessary legal documentation required by the Animal and Plant Health Agency.

He pleaded guilty to multiple offenses, including causing unnecessary suffering to animals, failing to ensure their welfare, and possessing unregistered birds.

In addition to the animal-keeping ban, the court also sentenced the man to a 12-month community order. This includes 15 days of rehabilitation and 200 hours of unpaid work.

Following the court’s decision, officials handed the birds over to the care of local falconers. The Leicestershire and Rutland Rural Policing Team expressed gratitude to those who assisted in the rescue and care of the birds.

“We are really pleased with this result at court and are grateful to all those who helped us with caring for the birds, advising us, and giving their expert opinions and statements,” a police representative told the news agency BBC.

Birds of prey

Birds of prey, or raptors, are birds who hunt and eat other animals. They have sharp claws, excellent eyesight to see prey from far away, and strong, curved beaks for tearing meat. These birds include eagles, hawks, falcons and owls.

They play an important role in nature by helping control the number of other animals and keeping the environment balanced. They can be found in many different places around the world.

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