As Spanish hunters slaughtered more than 500 wild animals, Portugal has been left outraged.
The killing of the 16 hunters was “vile” and an “environmental crime” that should be punished, according to Environment Minister João Matos Fernandes.
On social media, images of the mass slaughter of deer and wild boars were posted, with the bloodthirsty calling it a “record” because of the sheer number of animals killed.
Hunting was carried out in a central Portuguese hunting zone where the killing of individual animals is permitted, but most of the deer population in the area is said to have died.
It is suspected that it took place on a farm in the tourist hunting zone of Torrebela, near Azambuja, about 40 km from Lisbon, the Portuguese capital, on 17 and 18 December.
In the sense that the defenseless animals have no means of escape from their would-be murderers, the vast farm is supposedly walled.
“the reports and news about the extrajudicial slaughter of animals…have nothing at all to dow with hunting, understood as a practice that can contribute to the maintenance of biodiversity and ecosystems”the reports and news about the indiscriminate slaughter of animals… have nothing to do with hunting, understood as a practice that can contribute to biodiversity and ecosystem conservation.
The Institute for Nature Conservation and Forests (ICNF) is now expected to revoke the Torrebela hunting zone hunting license.
“It is the ministry’s understanding that changes to the law are needed to prevent the terrible events that have been reported from being repeated.”It is the ministry’s understanding that changes to the law are necessary to avoid repeating the terrible events that have been reported.
In Badajoz, southwest Spain, the hunters are said to be from the Monteros de la Cabra hunting society.
The Portuguese authorities state they had no previous knowledge of the hunting trip until social media plastered the images.
Normally, the number of slaughtered animals will have to be allowed in advance.
For hunting trips for which participants are said to pay high sums of cash, the 765-hectare property where the hunt was conducted is used.