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Shooting and lead shot

There has been a ripple of news around a ‘decision’ that the shooting industry is planning to ban the use of lead shot. Well, ‘ban’ as in spending another five years of polluting the environment with a toxic product, poisoning waterbirds that pick up lead shot thinking it’s grit (many birds swallow grit to help grind fibrous food material in their gizzards), and ignoring the inconvenient fact that non-toxic alternatives exist and are widely used. However, Charlie Moores writes, we’ve been here before – and is this the issue we should be most concerned about anyway?

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RSPB | New Raptor Persecution figures

Yesterday the RSPB and its superb Investigations Team were all over social media and the BBC’s Six O’Clock News relaying information about just how widespread raptor persecution still is. Britain’s largest conservation charity linked to their updated Raptor Persecution Map Hub which pinpoints 1,225 confirmed incidents. Millions of people, writes Charlie Moores, will have probably heard such a clear condemnation of raptor persecution for the very first time.

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Countering the persecution of Peregrines

The Peregrine is the world’s fastest bird, reaching huge speeds as it stoops down on its prey – prey which includes racing pigeons and so-called ‘gamebirds. All of which, writes Charlie Moores, has made this supremely well-adapted falcon, protected in law for decades, a target for hobbyists and shooters. But the public are taking these spectacular birds to their hearts.

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Hen Harrier poisoned by pheasant shoot

Oh, the irony. In the week, writes Charlie Moores, that shooting launched its new green vision to persuade us all that it cares desperately about wildlife by declaring – nearly seventy years after laws came into force protecting them – a ‘zero tolerance’ to the illegal killing of birds of prey, look what turns up next to a pheasant shoot: yet another dead Hen Harrier.

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The Rubber Dodo Award 2019

The North American-based Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) – which works to secure a future for all species, great and small, hovering on the brink of extinction, through science, law and creative media, with a focus on protecting the lands, waters and climate that species need to survive – is launching its annual search for “the most outrageous eco-villain of 2019”. As you might expect, writes Charlie Moores. Trump-appointees and relatives feature, but who – or what – might we nominate here in the UK?

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