A group of foreign tourists caught a lamb close to the village of Breiðdalsvík in East Iceland and cut its throat, according to ruv.is. The travellers, a group of 9 men, claimed they were putting the animal out of its misery but one of the group has been charged and fined for the incident.
Björgvin Gunnarsson, farmer and owner of the lamb, was at a dinner party when he got a phone call from his daughter, informing him that a group of tourists were chasing lambs on his land. When he arrived at the scene with a police officer, they found a dead lamb in the men’s camper, along with the knife they had used to kill it.
“At first they lied and wouldn’t admit anything," Björgvin told RÚV. "They told us they were taking photos but when pressed, the men claimed they had only killed the lamb to put it out of its misery.”
According to the police, the sheep thieves were taken to the police station at Fáskrúðsfjörður where one of the men admitted to killing the lamb and was fined for 120.000 ISK in addition to paying the farmer 20.000 ISK in damages. He was also charged with breaking animal welfare laws and destruction of property.