Reporting this because it has potentially wider repercussions for the food chain in the area.
Police are investigating a series of attacks in south Devon where sheep appear to have been killed for meat.
PC Lawrence Wills, based at Chudleigh, said: “There have been at least eight offences in recent weeks and months both in the Higher Ashton and Ilsington areas. The manner in which most of the animals were attacked suggests that the person responsible may have some knowledge of butchery.“Some of the animals killed recently had been vaccinated in the last two weeks. This is unusually late in the season because of the wet weather. Farmers usually leave at least two months after innoculation before the meat is toxin-free and put into the food chain.“We would urge any individual or business not to buy any cheap mutton or lamb offered for sale in Devon and Cornwall because of the risks to human health.”
“We would also like to hear from any farmers who may have seen similar offences on their lands. It could be that they have not reported them or believed the animals to have been attacked by dogs or other animals.”
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