Health risk caused by poachers

Lancashire Telegraph: Health risk caused by poachers Health risk caused by poachers

WHILE town centre drug raids, robberies and assaults make the headlines, a different type of crime is being busted in East Lancashire’s countryside.

Police are cracking down on poachers who hunt animals with dogs, causing misery and suffering. The problem cost Lancashire £1.3m in 2012 and has many more implications.

People who buy meat on the black market could be risking their health if it has been handled unhygienically. It could be contaminated by veterinary drugs or even pass on unpleasant diseases.

Rural residents are being urged to continue making security a priority on their farms, businesses and homes, deterring both organised gangs and opportunist thieves as much as possible.

And a messaging service called In The Know has already been successful, with 500 people signed up to receive information and appeals.

Anyone enjoying the countryside in their leisure time can do their bit by reporting any suspicious activity. And we can all help by refusing temptation if offered a cheap piece of meat – because it could leave you with more problems than you bargained for.

Those responsible should take heed of the fact that poachers are being hauled before the courts and hit with hefty fines.

Comments (1)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

8:50pm Wed 5 Feb 14

lancs1985 says...

We'll great picture lancashire telegraph that just goes to show how clueless

That sheep is on it back fur spread every where about that's a true FOX attack n if youde stop for a few nights youde see n watch it keep coming back to bulk up seen as it's mating season n getting strengh up,

Jesus this paper needs to get some proper jerno's who actual no what there doing n talking about
We'll great picture lancashire telegraph that just goes to show how clueless That sheep is on it back fur spread every where about that's a true FOX attack n if youde stop for a few nights youde see n watch it keep coming back to bulk up seen as it's mating season n getting strengh up, Jesus this paper needs to get some proper jerno's who actual no what there doing n talking about lancs1985

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree