Goshawk killed on grouse-shooting estate in North York Moors National Park

There’s probably a joke being made in Baronial halls along the lines of ‘waiting for crimes against birds of prey/North Yorkshire/all coming at once’ – but the situation in North Yorkshire and the so-called North Yorks’ National Park’ and rampant raptor persecution isn’t remotely funny. It’s hateful and utterly shameful. This region, as many of us know all too well, is the most notorious hot spot for crimes against birds of prey in the country.. The latest act of criminality involves a ‘masked man’ on an as yet unnamed shooting estate killing a Goshawk in a cage trap. Is there any chance that ‘masked man’ wasn’t a gamekeeper? No charges have been brought yet but let’s speculate…

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Two charged after fox killed during New Year hunt in East Yorkshire

It’s not that we’re deliberately looking for stories linking Yorkshire with wildlife crime, it’s more that they just keep turning up. When it’s not the region’s gamekeepers shooting or poisoning birds of prey, it seems that its so-called ‘trail hunting’ fox hunters can’t help breaking the law either. As a report in the Hull Daily Mail puts it rather prosaically, “Two men have been charged after allegedly allowing dogs to hunt a fox in East Yorkshire”.

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Crowdfunder | Help Stop DEFRA Plans to Extend Badger Culling

Tom Langton is a highly respected ecologist who has been involved in many different wildlife disputes including Sizewell, the Pont Valley in County Durham, and perhaps most notably, the government-backed mass killing of badgers. Now Tom has launched a Crowdfunder which Mark Avery has backed, saying on his hugely influential blog that Tom is “a Badger expert and seasoned campaigner. His crowdfunder to challenge DEFRA on plans to extend the Badger cull deserves support – and I’ve put a few quid of my own in that direction.” And so have we….

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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 just 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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£48,525 | Wild Justice reaches Crowdfunder in 72 hours

Remarkable and wonderful news – Wild Justice have reached their latest crowdfunder already! Launched just three days with the aim of challenging the unloved and unwanted badger ‘cull’, the charity has raced through to its extended target of £45,000 in just 72 hours – thanks in part to a new £10,000 donation from an as yet unnamed organisation.

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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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