Wildlife shooting from moving car causes public outrage

On Sunday, a video circulated on social media showing the shooting of wild animals from a moving car. State Police has opened criminal proceedings in connection with the video.

The video shows a person in the car sticking out a firearm through a car window and targeting cervids running down a field adjacent to the motorway. The video quickly gained resonance and provoked outrage.

Police said they had identified the location and the alleged individuals involved. Criminal proceedings are now underway.

Meanwhile, the Latvian Hunters' Union and the Latvian Hunters' Association have indicated in their Facebook accounts that the conditions shown in the video show a gross violation of laws and regulations and hunting ethics norms, and the organizations have invited both the State Police and the State Forest Service to evaluate what has happened.

The Hunters Union has strongly condemned such dangerous and irresponsible behavior, noting that “there is no place for such persons among hunters.”

Meanwhile, hunter and editor-in-chief of the magazine Medības (Hunting), Linda Dombrovska, noted that the situation seen in the video is “an illegal hunt where safety is not respected in any way.”

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