Portuguese officials have expressed outrage at the massacre of over 500 deer and wild boar in a hunting zone in the center of the country.
The Environment Minister said the killing by 16 Spanish hunters was “vile” and an “environmental crime” that should be prosecuted.
Pictures of the slaughter were shared on social media. Hunting individual animals is allowed but in this incident most of the zone’s deer population are said to have died.
The killing is thought to have taken place on a farm in the Torrebela tourist hunting zone, about 40 kilometers from the Portuguese capital Lisbon in mid-December. The 1,100 hectare farm is described as being walled in, meaning that the 540 animals had no means of escape from their killers.
The Environment Ministry said “the reports and news about the indiscriminate slaughter of animals…have nothing to do with hunting, understood as a practice that can contribute to the maintenance of biodiversity and ecosystems.”