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‘Birds of prey should not be tethered’

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By Josh Loeb

An undercover investigation by an anti-captivity charity has found evidence of owls being tethered in birds of prey attractions – in contravention of Defra’s guidance for zoos, which specifically states that owls should not be tethered.

Charity Freedom for Animals also found other birds of prey, such as eagles and falcons – which are allowed to be restrained in this way under Defra’s guidance – being tethered at premises where they are held captive for display.

Freedom for Animals said its investigator had discovered birds tethered to perches in three quarters of 25 randomly sampled static attractions based predominantly around displaying predatory birds. Sometimes birds were tethered for long periods of time …

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