Fawn killed during mowing works - TIR files criminal complaint for animal cruelty
Each year, from mid-April to the end of July, numerous fawns are killed during mowing works. Various television networks reported one specific case, which prompted the Stiftung für das Tier im Recht (TIR) to file a criminal complaint.
June 26, 2018
Every farmer ought to be aware of the fact that deer give birth to their young during mowing season and hide them in tall grass. When in danger, fawns instinctively remain motionless and only get up when when the mower is just a few meters away. Usually their reaction comes too late and the animals are run over by the machine. The instinct to remain still only goes away when fawns reach 2-3 weeks of age. They either die on the spot or must be put down by a gamekeeper as a result of the severe injuries and mutilations sustained by the mowers.
The question whether protective measures were taken in the present case, which TIR highly doubts, is to be established by the prosecutor. TIR hopes the prosecutor in charge of the case will initiate a thorough investigation. In addition to an offense against the anti-cruelty law, TIR believes it is also necessary to examine a possible violation of the hunting act.