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Man admits to illegally keeping wild birds

24.11.17

A man has been fined for illegally keeping wild birds as pets at his home in London.

Wild birds kept in cages © RSPCA

Cetin Metin from Edmonton, appeared at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 22, November where he pleaded guilty to one offence of, possessing live wild birds, namely 18 Goldfinches, contrary to Section 1(2)(a) of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 on 6 July.

He was ordered to pay costs of £300 and fined £80.

Our Special Operations Unit (SOU) and police found 18 goldfinches being kept illegally by Mr Metin at his home in London when they visited following concerns from local people.

The birds were removed and later released

Our SOU officer who led the investigation - but cannot be named - said:

A member of the public called the RSPCA over concerns for the welfare of some birds being kept at a property in Edmonton and when the officer attended she quickly realised that they were wild birds being kept illegally.

Members of SOU joined Metropolitan Police to speak to Mr Metin and the birds were removed and later released back into the wild where they belong.

These birds can't cope in captivity. They constantly flap and fly at the bars, damaging their feathers and suffering severe stress because they don't understand the concept of being stuck in a cage. Sadly, they often die.

Many of the birds had damaged feathers and beaks

Officers found the birds being kept in small cages inside the house and kept in an undercover area out in the garden. Many of the birds had damaged feathers and beaks.

The birds – all goldfinches – were removed from the property and taken into our care for check-ups by a vet before being released back into the wild.

All wild birds in England and Wales, their nests and their eggs are protected by the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended) and actions may only be taken under specific licences.

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