Online protests against killing of turtledoves in Morocco

Probe opened after videos and photos posted online

29 August, 13:35

    (ANSAmed) - RABAT, AUGUST 29 - Animal activists and regular citizens in Morocco are protesting online after videos and photos were posted showing five hunters proudly standing by more than a thousand turtledoves they had killed in the region of Marrakech.

    "This isn't the jungle, why should we tolerate something so senseless?" one online protester said.

    "Why should we allow these Bedouins into our country when they don't deserve it?" another said.

    The group of tourists depicted in the photo had come from Persian Gulf countries to hunt migratory birds.

    Greenpeace Maroc is fighting the agency that promotes trips for hunters.

    The wave of protest is so strong that the Moroccan Water and Forestry Ministry has opened an investigation identifying the place where the men hunted and the agency that brought them there.

    A formal charge of poaching made against the tour operator states that the agency "assumes responsibility for acts committed by its clients".

    The agency's license was revoked because the hunters "surpassed by nearly three times the regulatory quota for prey".

    The case will now be handled by regular judicial authorities.(ANSAmed).

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