Not our Tiddles!

“It’s that time of year when we look out the window and see birds building their nests. Some have already got young, we can hear the hungry cries of nestlings, and see the busy parents bringing back food for a nest full of gaping mouths. Soon baby birds will start to fledge, test their wings and leave the nest. Once out, a fledgeling is beset with danger. Owls, weasels, magpies, crows, foxes, and even rats will take and eat a baby bird, but of course cats are prolific, and arguably the least justifiable, bird hunters.” Guest post by campaigner, activist and cat-lover Emily Jones

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Harrogate Informer or Raptor Persecution UK

Remember the regular segment on the Harry Hill programme ‘TV Burp’ which involved setting two unlikely opponents alongside each other and asking “Which is better? There’s only one way to find out: FIGHT!”? We’re of course not suggesting that a local newspaper and the most respected blog on bird of prey persecution on the internet are or should be involved in a fight – but ‘Which is better?’ certainly came to mind when going through Google Alerts this morning.

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More pro-snare lobbying from the shooting lobbyists

What happens if your concerns for animal welfare get the better of you and you close the loops of a huge number of snares – thinking, like most people, that they’re banned in the UK and that far from doing anything ‘wrong’ you’re only helping to save wildlife? You get an article where you’re lectured at by a shooting lobbyist, who blathers on about how cuddly snares are and trots out the usual guff about management, welfare standards, and pests.

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RSPB consultation on gamebird shooting: Wild Justice response and our thoughts

Recently the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (the RSPB, once the UK’s only wildlife charity focussed entirely on birds, but now promoting itself as the organisation that gives nature a home – so the Royal Society for the Protection of Biodiversity perhaps?) held a consultation on so-called ‘gamebird shooting’ – the use of – er, birds as target practice. They have drawn up seven draft principles, ostensibly to help determine whether/how the RSPB should review its policy on game bird shooting and associated land management.

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Book Review: Eduardo Goncalves | Trophy Hunters Exposed (Inside the Big Game Industry)

In a remarkably short time Eduardo Goncalves has brought together a broad coalition of supporters and researchers, become an almost permanent fixture in the media, and – it turns out – has also somehow found time to write a book. And “Trophy Hunters Exposed: Inside the Big Game Industry” slams into trophy hunting with the force of a meteorite.

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While we were in lockdown, the wildlife criminals were out in force

It was feared (or suspected) that wildlife criminals would exploit the Covid-19 lockdown to ramp up illegal killing while monitors and field workers were obeying the rules and staying inside. Latest figures released by the RSPB show that the wildlife criminals have indeed been out in force, selfishly and illegally turning their guns and poisons on raptors. It seems they just can’t stop themselves. Which makes it way past time we stopped them instead.

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