Gardaí in Co. Sligo is investigating an incident in which a lamb was slaughtered in a field earlier this week.
The farmer found the remains of the lamb, on land, just off the Bundoran Road in the county, yesterday morning (Thursday, March 4th), according to Gardaí.
In a post on social media, a spokesperson for Garda Síochána Sligo/Leitrim, said:
“Gardaí in Sligo are investigating an incident in which somebody slaughtered a lamb in a field last night 4/3/21. It appears to be a theft.”
“The farmer found the remains of the lamb, on the land this morning, just off the Bundoran Road in Sligo. This disturbing act was carried out by someone who has some expertise in butchering animals.”
“We are appealing to the farming community to be aware, and to report any suspicious activity on their lands. Also, we are appealing to anyone who has any information to this particular crime to make contact with your local Gardaí Sligo: 0719157000.”
Ewe butchered in field
Meanwhile, last month, Police in Scotland launched an investigation after a ewe was butchered in a field.
The illegal slaughtering occurred in Stewarton between 8 am on Saturday, February 6th and 1 pm on Tuesday, February 9th.
Police believe an individual/individuals “professionally butchered” the ewe.
In a brief statement, police inspector Ian Harvey of Police Scotland said: “We take these types of incidents very seriously. “I would appeal for anyone who has information or know who was responsible, to contact Police Scotland on 101, quoting 1442 of February 10.”
NFU also issued a brief statement following the illegal slaughtering.
Its regional chairman, Colin Mair, said. “This is barbaric. To do this would need at least two or three people.”
“There is absolutely no excuse for this act under any circumstances. I would hope that the farming community and public will assist the police in any way they can.”