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Man charged under the Animal Welfare Act after discovery of ten dead turtles in Devon | Cornwall Live

A 56-year-old man has been summoned to court following the discovery of ten dead giant tortoises in East Devon earlier this year. Gary Priddle, of Grecian Way, Exeter, will appear at Exeter Magistrates’ Court on Thursday (May 30).

He will be charged under both the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and the Environmental Protection Act 1990. According to Devonlive, two of the deceased tortoises were spotted in Ashclyst Forest, near Exeter, on Monday, January 8, while a further five were found in the area later that week. neighborhood were discovered. Friday January 12.



A total of ten Aldabra tortoises have been found since the survey began. Priddle has been charged with two offenses under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

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One of Priddle’s charges reads: “Between December 29, 2023 and January 2, 2024, they littered, dropped or otherwise disposed of litter in the county of Devon in Exeter, namely ten deceased Aldabra tortoises, and left this in East Devon, a place where Section 87 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 applied contrary to Section 87(1) and (5) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

He also faces a second charge which states: “Between 23 and 29 December 2023, at Exeter in the County of Devon, they failed to take steps which were reasonable in all the circumstances to ensure that the needs of an animal for which you were responsible , namely ten Aldabra tortoises, was met to the extent required by good practice, in that there was no control of the daily welfare and heating system related to their care, which failed and led to the death of the animals. 2) of the Animal Welfare Act 2006.”, reports Devon Live.

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