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'Wildlife specialists' torture and kill buzzard in shock video

By The Siberian Times reporter
25 April 2016

Prosecutors and university investigating case after allegations against pair of 'ecologists'.

'If it turns out that it is our students, then we will take the most severe measures.' Picture: 2x2.su

Disturbing footage shows a man named on the web as Artyom Kupchin torturing and kicking a wounded bird which is finally shot by his accomplice. The Rough-legged Buzzard shields itself with its wing, and at one point claws its tormenter to draw blood. 

Kupchin is known in Amur region as a spokesman on wildlife issues, and is an employee of the Amur region wildlife protection body. He is also a fourth year student of the Far Eastern State Agrarian University in Blagoveshchensk.

Artyom Kupchin


Kicking the bird

Disturbing footage shows a man named on the web as Artyom Kupchin torturing and kicking a wounded bird. Pictures: Odnoklassniki, 2x2.su

The second man who films the cruelty video before pulling the trigger, was identified only as Artem K, a wildlife inspector, a student at the same university. The video was highlighted first by local blogger Natalya Kalinina who expressed 'outrage' at the film.

University experts identified the bird as a Rough-legged Buzzard. Hunting is forbidden. Dr Svetlana Sandakova says: 'This bird is young, about two years. Gradually with age more brown tones, streaks on its back, will appear. For now it is clear that the bird is whitish.'

Bird

Hunting Rough-legged Buzzard is forbidden. Picture: VL.ru

Dean of the Faculty of Nature of Far Eastern State Agrarian University Alexander  Senchik said: 'We are conducting an internal investigation. If it turns out that it is our students, then we will take the most severe measures.' The pair could be prosecuted under cruelty to animals laws. 

Comments (3)

He's a dead man, they both are.
Kim, Australia
26/04/2016 22:16
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I agree with Maurizio. This is sickening but thank you for raising awareness of this crime. Please investigate and prosecute the attackers to the fullest extent of the law. This is a violent crime, period. Thank you to everyone who recognizes animal cruelty for what it is, violent assault, period and totally unacceptable, period.
Pamela Tetarenko, League City, USA
26/04/2016 20:04
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"If it turns out that it is our students, then we will take the most severe measures" It would be the minimum.

Poor bird.
Maurizio Tron, Italy
25/04/2016 17:27
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