Fife Police invite you to attend wildlife seminar Thursday 31st May 2012

PC Ian Laing Fife Wildlife Officer (click to enlarge)

Land-owners, farmers, gamekeepers and field sports enthusiasts from across the Kingdom are being invited to attend a seminar to be held at Fife Constabulary Headquarters on Thursday 31st May, 2012.

The event, which will take place between 7pm and 9pm, is being organised by the Fife Partnership Against Wildlife Crime and among the topics to be discussed are badgers, humane dispatch of injured animals and organised crime in the rural environment.

Spokesman for the group is PC Ian Laing, Fife Constabulary’s Wildlife and Environmental Crime Co-ordinator, who said: “Farmers have come to us asking for advice on how best to avoid falling foul of the law when a badger set spreads into a field where they are working. We want to address that need.

“We are also conscious that in our rural environment, when a wild animal is injured in an accident with a car, it may have to endure protracted suffering before it can be humanely dealt with. We think that suffering can be shortened by harnessing the assistance of the rural community.

“We are also aware of the links between serious and organised crime and wildlife crime, with those involved in metal theft, fuel oil theft and bogus workman type offences, often also being involved in poaching and coursing our wild animals.

“We know this is a problem for the whole community and the people attending this event could be key to reducing these offences. This evening will open the channels of communication for that process.

I would invite anyone who is interested in attending to telephone or e-mail me on 0845 600 5702 or ian.laing@fife.pnn.police.uk to reserve places.”

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