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Police search man’s home after fox slaughter

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Police have already searched the home of a man from a village in the Nicosia district who was brought in for questioning in connection with the slaughter of a family of foxes by hunters who bragged about on social media at the weekend, the Animal Party said on Wednesday.

More people are expected to be questioned, the party said.

In an announcement, the Animal Party said that on Tuesday, following the meeting they had with the police, officers located one of the people involved in the case through his Facebook account.

“Police, with a search warrant at hand, searched the man’s house where they located and confiscated four hunting shotguns, a number of bullets and a mobile phone,” the announcement said. The man was escorted to the local police station for questioning, the party said.

“Police continue investigations and more arrests are expected,” it said.

The party reported to the police the case, following the post of a man on his Facebook profile of a photo of three dead foxes, an adult and two little ones, with the title “Dedicated to the animal lovers, fox friends”. A delegation of the party also had a meeting at the police on Tuesday where they handed over all the evidence they gathered as to the case, from social media, along with a memo.

Meanwhile, the Game and Fauna Service said on Tuesday that following the social media uproar, it wanted to clarify that it had not given out any licences to cull the animals, and that the images that were made public were the result of a violation of the law.

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