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League statement on government's hen harrier protection plans

15 January 2016

Hen Harrier © Isle of Man GovernmentReacting to the Government's new six-point plan to protect the hen harrier, one of England's rarest birds of prey, Tom Quinn, Campaigns Director for the League Against Cruel Sports said:  “Action plans are all well and good, but ultimately the only way hen harriers and other birds of prey will be protected is for gamekeepers to stop illegally killing them.

 "And to suggest that brood management is an appropriate measure to stop illegal persecution is pandering to the criminals. If the police were to tell  you to move home because there are burglars in your area, there would be an uproar.

“We call on the shooting industry to urgently get to grips with this problem and for the Government to introduce an independent inquiry into shooting.

“The inquiry should cover the legal and illegal persecution of the millions of animals carried out in the name of ‘protecting’ the tens of millions of cage-bred birds raised to be shot for sport.  It should also look into the inhumane conditions that these birds are kept in (worse than battery hens) and as flood defences are scaled back, the environmental problems such as increased flooding caused by tax break-enabled grouse moor over-management."

Image credit - Isle of Man Government

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  • Les Wallace

    15 January 2016, 9:38pm

    Well done for being pretty prompt in underling the failings in this inaction plan. I believe that LACS has been really good in looking at the comprehensive ecological, environmental and economic faults of driven grouse shooting not just animal welfare issues. Please keep this up, the organisations that should be dealing with these issues aren't at the moment.

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  • Les Wallace

    19 January 2016, 3:20pm

    Definitely need an objective and comprehensive analysis of bird shooting's 'contribution' to economy, conservation and environment. Martin Harper of the RSPB has publicly stated that pheasant shooting can be good for conservation, but as far as I am aware no oinebhas looked at its full ecological footprint. If the birds are fed meal that means farmland devoted to it. If soymeal used couldn't that mean it's contributing to rainforest loss? Also a great deal of our native woodland has been choked out by invasive rhododendron originally planted for game cover. As recently as 2007 the GWCT's forerunner the GCT produced a doc saying that as long as snowberry and salmonberry (known invasives!) were not used in high conservation value woodlands they would be good as game cover! So much else needs looking at.

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  • Stacey G

    20 January 2016, 1:10am

    Humans will stop at nothing until they wipe the earth of its precious life

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