A wise move?

Thursday, 2 March 2017

A wise move? thumbnailSeamus McAleese with two European Eagle Owls at his farm outside Ballymoney.

A BALLYMONEY man, fined for possession of three Barn Owls contrary to the Wildlife (NI) Order 1985, has said that he is seeking legal advice on possible action against the PSNI for upkeep costs.
Mr Seamus McAleese told The Chronicle that four birds still in his care should have been removed from his farm after last May.
These four were part of an original group of nine barn owls and two eagle owls brought over from England by Mr McAleese.
However Mr McAleese said that when his premises was raided on March 18 last year a pair of barn owls and a pair of eagle owls weren't seized as they were sitting on eggs.
“The sequence of events leading to the seizure of the birds was initiated by me when I contacted the NIEA to arrange for the new chicks to be tagged. Instead of assisting me they sent the PSNI to seize the birds.


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