Sick hunters dump bag of dead rabbits and hare outside school

Well, here’s a headline and a half: “Sick hunters dump bag of dead rabbits and hare outside school”. And (in a rather sad symmetry with yesterday’s post) it’s from Yorkshire again – though this time West Yorkshire rather than North Yorkshire. It’s worth looking at this story. First though, we’ve been criticised for talking about a ‘war on wildlife’, but let’s face it, if dumping a bag of dead animals outside of a school is not at least an indication that wildlife is not valued especially highly by some sections of society then what is (unless these morons – and we’re quoting the police here [see below]) – are anti-school children…

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Buzzard found shot near Appleton-le-Moors

Appleton-le-Moors. Where might that be then? Here’s a clue: it’s in a part of the country that is regularly called out as the worst place in Britain for a specific crime. Some urban ‘sink’ much-derided by right-wing journalists as a car theft hot-spot? A deprived and unloved part of the UK where gangs of feral youths patrol the streets mugging pensioners as they wobble back from the post office with their life-savings in a paper bag? Of course not: it’s a village and civil parish in the Ryedale district of North Yorkshire and the answer lies in the fact that the so-called ‘National Park’ is actually largely owned by grouse shooting estates,

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Osprey Translocation Project to go ahead

The War on Wildlife Project was created in the offices of Birds of Poole Harbour (BoPH), and while we’re not intertwined in any meaningful way we are of course colleagues (and friends) and keep an eye on what each other is doing. Naturally enough we here at WoW have been wondering how the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown would impact the ongoing Osprey translocation work in Poole Harbour (we’ve posted before about BoPH and the work they do). Recently BoPH announced that the Project is indeed to go ahead…

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Chris Packham & Kerry McCarthy MP | Should the Government ban driven Grouse shooting?

Wild Justice (Chris Packham, Ruth Tingay and Mark Avery) launched a petition to ban Driven Grouse Shooting last year. The petition received over 100,000 signatures, triggering a debate in Parliament, of which the highest concentration was from areas blighted by the shooting industry inc the Calder Valley, Sheffield Hallam, the High Peak, and the Derbyshire Dales constituencies. The petition closed early when the last General Election was called, meaning the scheduled debate could not go ahead. To catch up on the progress of this work Kerry McCarthy MP, then a member of the Petitions Committee, spoke to Chris to discuss a number of the controversial issues involved in grouse shooting. The key points they covered in that call have now been summarised on the House of Commons website. There is also a video of the call they made.

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Killing Game: The Extinction Industry | New book on 5th Anniversary of slaying of Cecil the Lion

A new book – written by Eduardo Goncalves of the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting and released on the 5th anniversary of the killing of Cecil the Lion by American dentist Walter Palmer – produces startling new evidence showing trophy hunting is putting lions and African elephants on a “fast-track to extinction“. Joanna Lumley endorses ‘KILLING GAME: The Extinction Industry’ saying: “This powerful book confirms our darkest suspicions about this unforgivable trade. The worst thing we can do is turn a blind eye.”

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