Wimbledon Officials receive criticism from animal rights group after shooting birds
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Animal rights activists have complained after officials from theshot down , allegedly because they were an inconvenience to players. This move was possibly illegal under Animal Welfare Act 2006, which prevents using lethal force unless it is used as a last resort.
Wikinews spoke to Bruce Friedrich, Vice President of, which has campaigned against the move. He said that "killing animals so quickly and for such frivolous reasons is cruel, illegal, and won’t work."
Wikinews has also been told by Friedrich that "theshould still be prosecuted for cruelty to animals, since they broke the law and should be held accountable."
Violation of the Animal Welfare act carries a maximum sentence of "imprisonment for a term not exceeding 51 weeks" or a fine "not exceeding £20,000"
Wikinews has also been given a copy of the letter sent to Wimbledon officials. Below is the text of the first paragraph:
The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (which runs the Wimbledon Championships) has not yet released a statement regarding the incident, although
- Nick Harris. "Wimbledon 'breaking law by killing pigeons'" — , June 25, 2008
- Grace Friedan. "Wimbledon: The Latest Blood Sport?" — , June 25, 2008
- "Animal Welfare Act 2006" — , November 8, 2006