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Last Updated: Wednesday, 13 September 2006, 10:01 GMT 11:01 UK
Deer freed during attack on farm
At least 400 deer were released from Reediehill deer farm in Fife
A family-run deer farm in Fife has been targeted for a second time in a suspected animal rights protest.

At least 400 deer were freed after vandals broke down fencing at Reediehill deer farm in Auchtermuchty.

The deer were allowed to wander from their enclosure in the early hours of 11 September. They later returned when their morning feed was put out.

Owners, Dr John and Nicola Fletcher said their farm was a "humane, unsubsidised" hill property.

The incident follows an attack in March. On that occasion, no deer left their paddocks but the vandals sprayed graffiti claiming they represented an organisation called the Animal Liberation Front.

Welfare-friendly system

Dr John Fletcher said: "We are perplexed by these attacks on what is an outstandingly humane, unsubsidised hill farm that could not be used for any other purpose than to grow grass to rear livestock.

"We strongly believe we have created the most welfare-friendly system possible.

"Even vegans must understand that to produce any crop necessitates the killing of thousands of living organisms: from microbes to mice."

Inspector Graeme Kinmond of Fife Constabulary said: "There is the concern that as a direct result of this action animals were distressed and injured.

"The people responsible potentially endangered the public and gave no regard for the consequences of their actions.

"Anyone who was in the vicinity of the farm and observed anything suspicious or has any information regarding this incident is asked to contact Fife Constabulary as soon as possible."

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