Southend businessman denies using elephant foetus to boost business

James Cranfield sold a number of stuffed animals, including owls

James Cranfield sold a number of stuffed animals, including owls

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A BUSINESSMAN accused of using a tiger head and elephant foetus for commercial gain has denied the charges.

James Cranfield, 26, of Napier Avenue, Southend, denied seven charges accusing him of using photos of exotic animal specimens for commercial gain when he appeared at Basildon Crown Court on Tuesday.

The pictures of three sea turtle skulls, a tiger head, a small and large mount of a leopard, an elephant foetus and five sawfish saws appeared on his Instagram account, a photographic social network, between May 1 and June 6.

Prosecutor Charlotte Davison said while Cranfield had made it clear these were not for sale, posting them on Instagram with other, legal, specimens that were for sale amounted to a “puff” for his business and were thus used for commercial gain.

Cranfield’s barrister Thomas Godfrey told the court this was never his intention and the photos were merely uploaded to the social network for the public’s interest.

Judge Owen Davies QC said it would be for a jury to decide if this was the case and a trial was set to take place on July 28.

Cranfield pleaded guilty to four other charges in the hearing, regarding the sale of three stuffed tawny owls and one barn owl in the same period, which are legal to sell, but only with changes made to a particular certificate.

Mr Godfrey said: “These are sale specific licences, meaning if they are sold to a third party, the licence itself must be changed with the name changed to the buyer’s.

“He was simply unaware he had to change the certificate to the seller’s name.”

Cranfield was granted unconditional bail and ordered to return to the court on July 28.

He will not be sentenced for his guilty pleas until the end of the trial for the remaining charges against him.

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8:37am Thu 24 Apr 14

sesibollox says...

Sounds like working class, trying to cross the line, send him down...
Sounds like working class, trying to cross the line, send him down... sesibollox
  • Score: 3

8:58am Thu 24 Apr 14

Leighdweller says...

What a brilliant headline.
What a brilliant headline. Leighdweller
  • Score: 5

9:42am Thu 24 Apr 14

InTheKnowOk says...

Nasty...
Nasty... InTheKnowOk
  • Score: 1

11:59am Thu 24 Apr 14

poortaxpayer says...

This is a joke isn't it? On trail for posting photos on his instagram account! WTF. When this story was first published I thought he had rare and endangered stuffed animals illegally for sale and thought what an utter scumbag. But now it turns out he had 4 legal stuffed owls which he had forgotten to change the ownership into his name and had posted some photos of animals on the internet that he didn't own and were not for sale. This prosecution is a joke and a complete waste of taxpayers cash.
This is a joke isn't it? On trail for posting photos on his instagram account! WTF. When this story was first published I thought he had rare and endangered stuffed animals illegally for sale and thought what an utter scumbag. But now it turns out he had 4 legal stuffed owls which he had forgotten to change the ownership into his name and had posted some photos of animals on the internet that he didn't own and were not for sale. This prosecution is a joke and a complete waste of taxpayers cash. poortaxpayer
  • Score: 11

4:41pm Thu 24 Apr 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

A Bad misleading headline( trading standards spring to mind), is this the place opp The Elms In Leigh, got some really nice interesting stuff in there.(no pun intended), so many laws out there, this one sounds a bit silly...i mean posting a photo of a tigers head is ok...as long as you don't have any commercial gain from the photo.
A Bad misleading headline( trading standards spring to mind), is this the place opp The Elms In Leigh, got some really nice interesting stuff in there.(no pun intended), so many laws out there, this one sounds a bit silly...i mean posting a photo of a tigers head is ok...as long as you don't have any commercial gain from the photo. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 2

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