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Condemnation of brutal killing of turtle

The Green Party on Monday expressed its anger over the brutal killing of a sea turtle along the Paphos coast and condemned the response of the fisheries department.

After being notified of the killing, members of the party went to the scene to investigate and found that the turtle’s limbs had been hacked off. The dead animal had then been sprayed with red paint.

“It is futile to try to condemn verbally these crimes, which cannot be justified by any reasonable person. Those who committed this crime have a sick mind,” the party commented.

They are, however, just as upset over what they described as the indifference of the officials.

“We are sorry to inform the public that the response that the Paphos Greens-Citizens cooperation movement received when telling the fisheries department about the incident was ‘we cannot engage with finding out who did it’ from an official,” a statement said.

“For us this attitude is just as criminal as the act of the perpetrators, since it shows the way of impunity to aspiring imitators who champion the abuse of wild animals,” the statement concluded.

Just over a week ago, Environment and Agriculture Minister Nicos Kouyalis said more needs to be done to protect Cyprus’ turtles, and new measures must be taken.



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