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Farmers urged to tighten security after game farms targeted by activists

Farmers have been urged to check their security arrangements after a map of UK game farms was posted online.

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Farmers urged to tighten security after game farms targeted by activists

Game farmers have been urged to check their security arrangements after calls from animal rights activists to target the sector.

 

It followed the release of 5,000 pheasants in Cornwall by the Animal Liberation Front in Cornwall.

 

The ‘Stop the Cull’ page on Facebook, a group set up to promote direct action against badger culls, posted a map of game farms across the UK.

 

The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) said the post appeared to ‘incite unlawful damage and other criminal behaviour’.

 

It follows vegan group ‘Project Calf’ publishing a map of dairy farms encouraging activists to take footage.


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BASC Top tips

  • Consider installing surveillance cameras and security lighting
  • Ensure access points such as gates are in good order and are secured
  • Ensure fences are secure
  • Secure sheds and outbuildings
  • Maintain links with local police/ rural police teams
  • Lookout for neighbours and sare any suspicious sightings with them. Consider joining rural/farm watch schemes
  • Report all crimes, incidents or suspicious activity to the police

The post encouraged activists if visiting a game farm to consider covering their faces and only carry a torch and a camera as ‘this way you can find out if there is any security without getting into any trouble’.

 

Glyn Evans, BASC head of game and gundogs urged people to check their security and update it where necessary.

 

He said they had asked Facebook to take the ‘necessary action’ and understood the police were also investigating a ‘number of recent incidents.

 

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However, it said this would take time so the key thing was to remain ‘extra vigilant’, making sure access points were secure and considering installing surveillance equipment and security lighting.

 

“Of course, if people have immediate concerns, they should contact the police and report any suspicious activities, however minor they may seem, to the police.

 

“It is useful to record the number plates of any vehicles loitering in and around game farms.”

 

BASC chairman Peter Glenser QC said: “This extremist campaign is targeted towards people trying to make a lawful and legitimate living.

 

“BASC is taking steps to raise a number of issues with the police to help secure the protection and reassurance necessary for those rural businesses that are being targeted, bullied and harassed by those who have no understanding of the countryside.”

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