Malaga City court fines defendant guilty of killing protected eagle owl €2,700

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A COURT in Malaga City has fined a defendant found guilty of killing a protected owl €2,700 and has disqualified him from hunting for three years.

The Eighth Criminal Court heard police pulled the man over while he was driving on the A-357 in the Coin area.

Prosecutors said the body of the eagle owl, a species protected under Andalucian, Spanish and EU law, was found under the driver’s seat.

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Investigators found two shotgun shells lodged in the bird’s back during an inspection. The defendant had shot it a day before police found the owl’s body in his car, the court heard.

The court has ordered the defendant to pay the €2,700 fine at a rate of €10 a day. Hunting laws at a regional, national and EU level prohibit the hunting of eagle owls throughout the year without exception.


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