Animals dying in illegal wells

By Paula Martins, in News · 09-04-2021 01:00:00 · 1 Comments

The Association of Citizens of Esposende has highlighted the death of dozens of birds, dogs, cats and rabbits, some found already in a state of putrefaction, in illegal open pits and wells.

“Dozens of dead animals, many of them in a high state of putrefaction, have fallen into open pits in Esposende”, said the association that had already warned of the existence of 432 wells covered by vegetation that essentially makes them traps for animals.

At the beginning of March, the Association had already brought to the attention of the public, the death of a pet in one of these open pit wells, having alerted “several national entities” to do something to stop this from happening.

After raising the alert about the open pit in Esposende, on 10 March, the association was “flooded with shocking images and videos that shocked those in the association”, they said.

“It cannot be accepted that dozens of animals have a slow death in illegal wells that are known to be scattered throughout the county, this should end with taking a different position and moving to instead solving a problem that has been going on for too long”, warns those responsible for the association.

The association mentioned in a statement to The Portugal News that complaints had already been launched with SEPNA, IGAMAOT, the European Commission and World Animal Protection.

For the Esposende citizens association, it is time to “act and defend the population and animals from these existing “traps” and to find those who are responsible for them”.

The association has also criticised the county: “a municipality that receives thousands of tourists, which intends to be a reference in tourism nowadays but has hundreds of illegal wells which is projecting a negative image at a national level”.

The county of Esposende have said that they recognise the problem and that they have already distributed flyers in the local area with the aim of making land owners aware of the rules that they must comply with but stressed that these are private areas and that the situation is due to the “generalised abandonment of agricultural activity”.

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I fully subscribe to this article. I recently lost my cat in an open well in the middle of a large expanse of countryside next to several properties in a rural town in the Algarve. It was horrible finding my cat floating in that pith, I would had never thought that I was bringing my cat into a dangerous area. That well, which looks like a rain well, belongs to someone, and that someone is responsible for the death of my cat. It is on an abandoned piece of land that someone once owned and sold to others - whomever they may be. The consequences have been devastating for me but it could had even worse if a child falls into it. The municipalities should definitely be aware of the problem and do something about it. Now I realise they are everywhere in the Algarve - in abandoned plots or municipal lands for hunting.

By susane from Algarve on 13-04-2021 06:45
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