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Beaver release may have broken the law
The man who released 6 Bavarian beavers into the wild on Thursday may have broken the law. Jeremy Paxton, owner of the Lower Mill Estate near South Cerney in the Cotswolds, does not hold a license to release the animals into the wild. He released the animals on his Lower Mill Estate in an enclosed area.
The Department for the Environment Food and Rural Affairs (defra) said, It is an offence to release or allow to escape into the wild, any animal which is not normally resident into Great Britain in a wild state.
The legal team representing Mr Paxton said that they had a licence for the release on Thursday, but they do not have a license to release them into the wild, but they have no intention to do so. Defra say that Mr Paxton will be committing an offence if he releases the animals from captivity. The mamximum penalty for conviction of this offence is a maximum of two years imprisonment and an unlimited fine
: 28/10/2005 00:38:44
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