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GRAPHIC CONTENT: DUCKS BUTCHERED AND DISCARDED IN A DITCH NEAR ST HELENS

4 ducks have been plucked and butchered for their breast meat at the side of the road near St Helens on the Isle of Wight.

The fresh remains of the animals have been discovered in a ditch by members of the public at Attrill’s Lane, between the villages of Nettlestone and St Helens. Each duck has been plucked at the roadside location with feathers left scattered in the area.

It’s clear that the duck’s deaths are not as a result of an animal attack as a knife has been used to cut out the breast meat. The remains have then been thrown into a ditch.

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Although game hunting is legal and common practice across the Island, it is the way in which the duck’s bodies have been carelessly discarded at the side of the road that has caused upset.

It is thought the act has taken place today (Sunday).

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