Countryside Alliance Ireland recently attended the launch of ‘Operation Wild Deer’, a PSNI driven initiative to tackle the problem of deer poaching in Northern Ireland.
CAI has been working extensively with the PSNI and other organisations, in the hope of raising awareness of deer poaching and to inform the public of the correct procedures, should they have any information or suspicions.
Deer poaching leaflets and posters have been produced for distribution throughout Northern Ireland.
The initial focus will be on Davagh Forest, where the operation was launched.
Lyall Plant, chief executive of CAI commented: “Deer poaching is a cruel and barbaric practice. The deer may suffer a slow and painful death due to wounding by a bad shot or a gun of unsuitable calibre.
“In addition, poaching threatens public safety through illegal gun use and also the sale of contaminated, unregulated meat. Venison can be a healthy and tasty alternative to other meats, however, it is important the consumer knows it is bought from a trusted and regulated source.
“CAI are extremely pleased to be involved in ‘Operation Wild Deer’ and we also work with many deer societies throughout Ireland, including the British Deer Society NI, the Wild Deer Association of Ireland and the Irish Deer Society, to try and combat the horrific and illegal practice of deer poaching.”
The PSNI are urging anyone with information on deer poaching to contact the PSNI on 0845 600 8000 or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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