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International Centre for Birds of Prey - Newent Former owner guilty of theft

Discussion in 'United Kingdom' started by kiang, 21 May 2013.

  1. kiang

    kiang Well-Known Member

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    The former boss of a leading bird sanctuary lied about running a rare breeding programme - so he could sell exotic species to the highest bidder, a court heard.
    Keith Beaven convinced zoos and animal sanctuaries in Britain and Europe to lend him rare and endangered birds of prey - which he then sold.
    The offences began after he ran into financial difficulties after buying the bird centre from top falconer Jemima Parrey-Jones for just under a million pounds in 2004.
    But when she bought the centre back in 2008 for £1.17million she found only one disabled and elderly eagle owl left, out of the once impressive collection more than 120.

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