Vegan activist vet sacked after hiding ‘liberated’ turkey in her flat

Shakira Free Miles was based at the Royal Veterinary College when the incident took place

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A vegan activist vet was sacked from her job after hiding a “liberated” turkey in her university flat, an RVC employment tribunal has heard.

Shakira Free Miles was based at the Royal Veterinary College when the incident took place.

Ms Free Miles rescued the turkey and took it to hospital on December 27 2018, the tribunal heard.

A vegan activist vet was sacked from her job after hiding a “liberated” turkey in her university flat, a tribunal has heard
A vegan activist vet was sacked from her job after hiding a “liberated” turkey in her university flat, a tribunal has heard
Shakira Free Miles
Shakira Free Miles

But two months later, the bird was found by police during a raid on her flat, with Ms Free Miles subsequently being investigated for suspected involvement in the Animal Liberation Front.

The front is an animal rights activist group who are known for removing animals from laboratories and farms.

The tribunal were not informed as to how Ms Free Miles came to obtain the turkey.

After hearing the news of the incident, the Royal Vet College suspended Ms Free Miles before she was later sacked for breaching the universities “no pet policy”.

While the turkey was handed over to the RSPCA after it was found "unwell".

Ms Free Miles tried to sue the university over the incident, claiming unfair dismissal and that she had been discriminated against for her ethical veganism beliefs.

But the panel dismissed her claim after finding that her actions were not a philosophical belief.