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Tortoise Lover Faces Losing Pets Branded "Wild Animals"

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7:01am 12th March 2013

A Cornish woman told she needed a zoo licence to keep her tortoise sanctuary open fears she will now lose all her pets.

Pirate FM told you how Joy Bloor in Sticker was forced to close by the council back in 2011.

Her case sparked outrage, but the council held firm, insisting she did not have the right paperwork to open the sanctuary to the public because the creatures are "wild animals."

At the time Joy warned that, without donations from visitors, her four hundred animals faced an uncertain future.

Since then she has already found new homes for half her pets.

Joy told Pirate FM: "It's absolutely heartbreaking, I don't want to do it but needs must. They deserve better. I can't keep them on fresh air. Now they're starting to wake up and the vet's bill is starting to creep up and there is even less money coming in.

"I've had some of those tortoises for forty-two years. It's not nice to have to pick them out and say, 'You can go and you can stay.' I don't like that aspect of it. I'd like to keep them all."

At the time Lance Kennedy from Cornwall Council defended the decision to press ahead with the enforcement, despite criticism that it was bureaucracy gone mad.

He said: "Before we enforced this law we sought top expert advice from around the country.
 
"They all came back very firmly and said it's a zoo and tortoises are wild animals by definition, if not by demeanour.
 
"This law is ridiculous as a piece of legislation but it is the law."

7:01am 12th March 2013

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