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Guest Post | Birders for Ethical Conservation

“In 2018 three longstanding members and supporters of the RSPB wrote to the charity asking them to stop killing foxes, corvids and mustelids. While the authors recognised that the RSPB does, of course, carry out a lot of good and positive work, we believed that the RSPB’s stance on lethal predator control, in the name of conservation and protecting selected species (such as curlews), was unacceptable and wrong. Urgent change was required to implement policies and practices that are ethical and humane, and promote the use of alternative measures to killing.” Guest post by Birders for Ethical Conservation

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RSPB still not opposed to shooting birds

Yesterday The Times jumped the gun (or made an attempt to wind up its shooting readership) by stating that the RSPB was set to announce a change in its century-old ‘neutral’ stance on ‘gamebird’ shooting. We wrote a post in which we reasoned that based on previous statements from the likes of Kevin Cox (Chair of Council) and Martin Harper (Global Conservation Director) this didn’t seem likely. It turns out that we were correct. There is no change to the policy, and in his statement to yesterday’s AGM Kevin Cox made sure to reassure the so-called ‘shooting community’ by saying that, “At the outset I want to stress that this review was not about the ethics of shooting, on which the RSPB remains neutral…”

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RSPB to drop ‘neutrality’ on gamebird shooting? It seems unlikely…

There’s been no official announcement, but according to an article in today’s Times titled “Game shooters fear for their sport as RSPB chiefs take aim”, the RSPB is apparently preparing “to end its neutrality on the sport by demanding reforms to protect native wildlife”. We think that’s unlikely (and explain why), so what is The Times up to with this article? They may have inside knowledge, but that’s doubtful. Perhaps it’s really intended to inflame the passions of its pro-shoot readership ahead of the RSPB’s Online AGM which ‘coincidentally’ takes place today and has as its second Agenda item “Matters arising from the minutes – Review of game bird shooting and associated land management”?

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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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