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#1 Old 03-28-2004, 07:10 AM
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A FARMER who used a shotgun to frighten away animal rights activists was "let off" by a judge yesterday with a written warning not to do it again.



David Brian Davies, 45, found his "well-run and professional" puppy business targeted by two men who used decoys to keep his sheep busy while they crept onto his farmland.



Davies was alerted when his sheep scattered and he took out his father's shotgun.



After challenging the activists he fired a shot into the air.



And when they did not stop he called the police and followed them in his car.



Granting him a conditional discharge for 12 months, Judge George Edwards told Davies at Swansea Crown Court, "Be careful, do not do it again."



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#2 Old 03-29-2004, 01:29 AM
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Ah, Wales.
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Saw this on another message board...
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Sounds like the farmer did the right thing to me, even if I don't agree with his business.
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What happened to the trespassers?
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Most likely, they had nothing done to them, despite the fact they were trespassing. The farmer should have adjusted his aim.
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I don't understand..... were the sheep supposed to be guarding the puppies??
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I don't understand..... were the sheep supposed to be guarding the puppies??



They don't say what the breed of dog was that the farmer raised.

If sheep were involved, they might have been a livestock guard dog breed like the Great Pyrenees for example. This type of dog is used for protection against coyotes, etc, for the sheep. In those cases the pups are raised with the flock. This way the sheep become part of the dogs pack as the dog grows up. It's best to get a dog like that use to being with the sheep from an early age.

Of course I'm just guessing at what the scenario might have been.



trespassers! &*^%#$# little pieces of garbage!!!

Too bad he couldn't have peppered their @sses!



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How about the ol' rock salt in the shot gun trick?
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Mike cut the story off right before this, "Davies admitted possessing a shotgun without a licence."



That makes it make a lot more sense.
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Mike cut the story off right before this, "Davies admitted possessing a shotgun without a licence."



That makes it make a lot more sense.



Ah but the shotgun is licenced.

It is Davies' father's shotgun who also lives on the property. This is possession licence they are refering to.



"Judge Edwards said he accepted he thought that Davies believed he was covered by his father's licence."



Lets not loose sight of who the "bad guys" really are!



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Mike cut the story off right before this, "Davies admitted possessing a shotgun without a licence."



That makes it make a lot more sense.



I debated on that. But since you read the rest of the story you know that someone in his household did have a valid license for the gun.



If someone is breaking into your property I highly doubt you're going to stand there and think "Damn, I wish I could use that gun but I don't have a license for it. Too bad dad's not here."



If there's a gun in my house and I have a reason to use it - I'm going to use it.

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