Farmer who organised the killing of five peacocks – skinning, stuffing, roasting and eating one – called the police after her neighbour criticised her
- A woman shot and killed five peacocks before roasting and eating one for dinner
- Sue Stubenvoll said the interfered with wildlife at property near Christchurch
- The birds were ‘humanely’ killed by one of Ms Stubenvoll’s hunting friends
- Ms Stubenvoll invited two friends over to eat on of the birds for dinner
A woman who shot and killed five peacocks on her farm before roasting and eating one for dinner has been labelled a murderer.
Sue Stubenvoll said the wild birds interfered with wildlife at her property in Lyttelton, near Christchurch, so she asked her hunting friend to exterminate them.
‘They (peacocks) look beautiful, they are very seductive, but they are absolute killers,’ she told Stuff.
Neighbour Janelle Wills, who has condemned the killings, is working with Serendipity Rescue to move the birds and safely re-home them.
Sue Stubenvoll said the birds interfered with wildlife at her property in Lyttelton, near Christchurch, so she asked her hunting friend to exterminate them. Pictured: a picture of a wild peacock shared to social media by neighbour Janelle Wills
Neighbour Janelle Wills (pictured), who has condemned the killings, is working with Serendipity Rescue to move the birds and safely re-home them
Ms Stubenvoll said the peacocks had been eating rare geckos at her eight-acre property.
The birds were humanely killed, according to Ms Stubenvoll, before one of the birds was skinned, stuffed and roasted for a meal.
She invited two friends over to try the bird, kept an additional one in the freezer and gave the remainder to the hunter.
‘It was the first time I’d eaten peacock. It was very nice. Because it’s a very dry, gamey, bird, I put strips of bacon over the breast and the dripping kept it moist,’ she said.
Ms Stubenvoll said she was forced to phone police after neighbours turned to social media to brand her ‘evil’ and a ‘witch’ for slaying the birds.
‘I have been called a murderer without any consideration of the facts. As the owner of my land, I am responsible for it,’ she said.
Ms Wills said the birds had been in the area for as long as she’d live there and her son had given them names from the movie Grease. Mr Wills shared this image of the birds to social media
Ms Stubenvoll said she is legally entitled to shoot the birds and she always notifies police when she kills an animal on her property.
Janelle Wills, who lives next door, said she’s concerned about the remaining birds and wants to take them somewhere they’re guaranteed to be safe.
Ms Wills said the birds had been in the area for as long as she’d live there and her son had given them names from the movie Grease.
One of the birds killed was the mother of three chicks, who Ms Wills has successfully rescued.
She has built a trap to capture and house the birds before finding them a forever home.
Ms Wills (who shared this picture of a wild peacock to Facebook) has built a trap to capture and house the wild birds before finding them a forever home