Fury in Portugal after more than 500 deer and wild boar are slaughtered by Spanish hunters who then lined the carcasses up to pose for macabre photos
- A large-scale hunt took place in Azambuja in Portugal’s Lisbon district last week
- Shocking photos show 540 deer and boar propped up as hunters grin behind
- Authorities have launched an investigation into the ‘vile environmental crime’
More than 500 deer and wild boar were slaughtered by Spanish hunters who then lined up their carcasses to pose for photos in Portugal.
Portuguese Environment Minister João Fernandes said the 16 hunters’ killing of 540 animals was ‘vile’ and an ‘environmental crime‘ that should be prosecuted.
Macabre photos show the deer and boars’ lifeless bodies lined up while the hunters grin and laugh in the background.
Authorities in Portugal have launched an investigation into the hunt on the private Torre Bela estate in Azambuja in Portugal’s Lisbon district, where most of the area’s deer are now believed to have died.
More than 500 deer and wild boar were slaughtered by Spanish hunters who lined up their carcasses in Azambuja in Portugal’s Lisbon district, prompting outrage in the country
Macabre photos show the deer and boars’ lifeless bodies lined up while the hunters grin and laugh in the background
Mr Fernandes said: ‘The reports and news about the indiscriminate slaughter of animals… have nothing to do with hunting, understood as a practice that can contribute to the maintenance of biodiversity and ecosystems.’
The country’s Institute for Nature Conservation and Forests (ICNF) is investigating last week’s hunt.
Shocking photos show the deer with their heads propped up as blood drains from their bodies.
The pictures were uploaded to Instagram by some of the hunters, according to local reports.
The deer have their heads propped up while blood drains from their bodies for the pictures uploaded to social media
Portugese Environment Minister João Fernandes said the 16 hunters’ killing of 540 animals was ‘vile’ and an ‘environmental crime’ that should be prosecuted
The ICNF says it had no prior knowledge of the hunt, which took place on a tract of land designated as a ‘tourist hunting area’ and only subsequently found out about it through social media.
Given the sheer numbers of animals killed, the ICNF launched the investigation along with the tourist hunting area’s managing body to ‘investigate the facts and possible illicit acts in accordance with the legislation in force’.
The municipal authorities of Azambuja are also looking into the destination of the dead animals.
Animal welfare is salient issue in the southern European country, with the animal-rights political party People–Animals–Nature gaining a seat in the Portuguese Parliament in 2015 and gaining three more in 2019.