Trio face charges over swan killings

By Sandra Conchie

Three men are facing animal cruelty charges after an SPCA investigation into reports of a jetboat running down black swans in Tauranga Harbour.

Tauranga SPCA inspector Jason Blair said the charges had been laid against the trio after a joint investigation by SPCA and Fish & Game

The men were expected to appear in Tauranga District Court this month.

In early February the Bay of Plenty Times reported the alleged slaughter which was also recorded by a video camera filmed from the jet boat.

In February one of the men released the video footage to this newspaper, after a fallout between him and the alleged boat driver.

It is unknown how many swans were killed.

Mr Blair said he had no further comment.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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