Man says he beheaded lions for good cause
Published: Feb. 28, 2008 at 11:15 AM
BALLYMONEY, Northern Ireland, Feb. 28 (UPI) — The owner of an animal rescue center in Northern Ireland was evicted after officials found four decapitated lions and photos of children stroking a tiger.
The headless lion bodies were found by Ulster Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals officials buried at the Old Causeway Safari Park in County Antrim, Sky News reported Thursday.
“The gruesome unearthing of the mutilated remains of four adult lions on the Benvardin site occupied by Wildlife NI confirm at the Old Cause was the USPCA’s worst fears,” a society spokesman said.
Site operator Norman Elder reportedly said he put the lions down humanely and for a good cause.
“I took the heads so they couldn’t be sold and stuffed,” Elder said.
“The animals, surrendered to the Environment and Heritage Service under dangerous wild animal legislation and humanely destroyed, have been subjected to crude decapitation,” the spokesman said.
This is a very disturbing and sickening story. Maybe Mr. Elder should be “humanely put down”
Feb. 29, 2008 at 1:10 am
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