Illegal owl trader caught by police

18th November 2019 An illegal owl trader was rumbled after West Midlands Police swooped to discover birds being unlawfully kept and sold on. Officers discovered six of the protected species across three garden aviaries in Walsall after executing a search warrant alongside the National Wildlife Crime Unit. The force acted on information last December and …

Police raid shooting estate over probe in to cruelty

17th October 2019 SCOTLAND’s most prestigious shooting estate has been raided as part of a major animal cruelty investigation. The Scottish SPCA, backed by police, last week swooped on two properties on the £17.5 million Millden Estate in the Angus Glens, widely regarded as the “holy grail” of grouse moors. Investigators were looking into allegations …

Gruesome gamekeeper kept ‘kill list’ and dumped ‘1000 animals into stink pit’

A gamekeeper suspected of running up one of the biggest kill lists of endangered animals in Scottish history has escaped a jail sentence. Alan Wilson, 61, was convicted of illegally killing dozens of animals on Longformacus Estate near Duns in the Scottish Borders . But investigators believe animals including goshawks, badgers, buzzards and an otter represented only the tip …

‘Ruthless cull’: Hundreds of thousands of animals being killed on private estates to protect grouse shooting, Chris Packham says

31st July 2019 Foxes, stoats, weasels and mountain hares ‘ruthlessly’ targeted alongside illegal killings of protected species, says TV presenter. Hundreds of thousands of animals including foxes, weasels and stoats are being legally killed in the UK to protect grouse moors, naturalist and TV presenter Chris Packham has claimed. Packham was speaking to The Independent …