Hundreds of deer and boar slaughtered by hunters in orgy of blood and death

Almost 450 deer and wild boar were slaughtered in just one day in a vile hunting expedition environmentalists have slammed as an "orgy of blood and death".

The mass killing and commercial hunt took place on a private estate in Los Posteruelos, Spain, near the Andalusian Hills.

With 70 hunters taking part in the expedition, roughly 447 animals were penned in by fences so they couldn't escape the gunfire.

Participants were each charged €1,000 (£850) for the shoot, which is currently legal under Spanish law.

But environmentalist groups and animal rights activists have argued that penning the animals in and fencing off their freedom is unethical.

Groups have condemned the hunt after images of the animal carcasses were shared online.

Animal rights groups also allege that each hunter killed around six or seven animals, a figure that polls much higher than an average day's hunt.

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President of the Royal Spanish Hunting Federation, Manuel Gallardo, told El Mundo that large-scale hunting is "necessary due to the overabundance of species".

But Joaquin Reina from Ecologists in Action denounced the shooting as an "orgy of blood and death".

He said: "This is the daily life of most of the fenced estates in Sierra Morena, but also throughout Andalusia, with some 500,000 hectares fenced, Extremadura, Castilla-La Mancha, and the Levante region."

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Reina added that the massacre would have been impossible on an opening estate, saying: "The only defence is escape and this is absolutely diminished by a wire barrier."

But Gallardo argued that the animals needed to be killed to "maintain the balance in the environment.

In response to those criticising hunters for posting photos of the carcasses, Gallardo said the ritualistic display of bodies on the floor was a necessary health display.

The hunting, he says, generates €6.5billion and is also needed for conservation, social, cultural, and economic wellbeing in the region.

The Association of Law Professionals United for Animal Defense and the Environment of Córdoba has demanded information for the hunt to prove its legality.

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