Probe into ‘dead animal’ claims at Knowsley Safari Park

Police and council officials launched a probe following complaints by an  animal charity about Knowsley Safari Park
Police and council officials launched a probe following complaints by an animal charity about Knowsley Safari Park
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SHOCKING images of dead animals sparked a police and council investigation at Knowsley Safari Park.

The Captive Animals’ Protection Society (CAPS) today released evidence of the killing of animals at the park and claimed carcasses were left to rot for more than a week, in breach of disposal regulations.

The distressing photographs include images of a young deer and bison left out in the open and a baboon stuffed in a bin bag.

They were provided by the park’s former photographer, Penny Boyd, who left her job last September and had previously provided images for the park’s guide book and other publicity materials.

Park chiefs accepted two legislation breaches - relating to the disposal of animal carcasses and the shooting of an injured animal by a keeper who did not hold a firearms licence.

In a statement, Knowsley Safari Park General Manager, David Ross, said: “Knowsley Council - who regularly inspect the park and are responsible for issuing our zoo licence have thoroughly investigated a number of allegations with our full co-operation.

“Both these have been swiftly addressed and robust new procedures are already in place and being implemented to the satisfaction of the relevant authorities.”

For the full story see this week’s St Helens Reporter.