By Alex Glenn • 25 November 2021 • 10:23
Credit: Guardia Civil
Poaching group dismantled in Spain’s Madrid.
Officers from the Guardia Civil have managed to dismantle a poaching group. The group had been illegally manipulating hunting seals to pass their taxidermy works off as legitimate. Officers discovered a shocking variety of animal trophies during the investigation.
Operation Ro3buk saw 23 members of the poaching ring investigated by the Guardia Civil. The people have been charged with multiple alleged crimes including falsifying documentation and poaching.
Officers from the Guardia Civil discovered 1 wolf skull, 13 roe deer trophies along with 4 male wild boar trophies during the operation. They also found and seized more than 100 hunting seals, most of which had been tampered with.
The Guardia Civil operation began in May after an illegal taxidermy workshop was discovered in Madrid’s Móstoles.
The illegal workshop did not possess documentation required such as an Environmental Licence, including the Social Security Self-Employment Licence. The workshop had not been registered with the Regional Ministry of the Environment of the Community of Madrid either.
The illegal taxidermy workshop has now been successfully shut due to the operation. Officers from the Guardia Civil have asked for people to cooperate and help them detect illegal hunting. Poaching causes damage to animal populations.
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Originally from the UK, Alex is based in Almeria and is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news.
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