Man in court for harming birds of prey in ‘largest English raptor persecution case’

10th May 2022 A 21-year-old Wiltshire man is due in court for deliberately harming legally protected British birds of prey in what is being called ‘potentially the largest English raptor persecution case in terms of numbers of victims.’ Raptor persecution is the illegal shooting, trapping and poisoning of birds of prey like peregrine falcons, red …

Police probe traps baited with live pigeons on Norfolk estate

9th May 2022 A police investigation is under way into whether live pigeons were used as bait to kill birds of prey on a Norfolk estate. Officers went to the Hilborough House estate belonging to William van Cutsem, 42, a close friend of Prince William and godfather to Prince George, as part of a probe …

Outcry prompts U-turn over killing wild birds to protect game birds in England

Government backs down from guidance that would have allowed birds such a crows to be shot 11th March 2022 The government has U-turned on guidance to shooters that reclassified pheasants as livestock, meaning that wild birds such as crows could be shot to protect them in certain circumstances, after a furious reaction from the public. …

MP who said eagles not welcome in constituency received funds from shooting estate

15th February 2022 West Dorset MP Chris Loder caused outrage when he seemed to imply police should not prioritise eagle death A Conservative MP who said eagles are not welcome in his constituency had his election campaign funded by a shooting estate, the Guardian can reveal. The West Dorset MP, Chris Loder, caused outrage when …

Gamekeeper who beat two buzzards to death given suspended jail sentence

Good 5 minute video from Channel 4 News - The report starts with distressing footage of animal cruelty. https://www.channel4.com/news/gamekeeper-who-beat-two-buzzards-to-death-given-suspended-jail-sentence Hunting is a multi-million pound industry. People pay handsomely to hunt grouse, pheasants and other game. But keeping their numbers up risks creating an incentive to keep the numbers of their predators down. The problem? Many …

WTF???? – Gamekeeper who beat trapped buzzards to death avoids jail

Press release from RSPB, 28th January 2022 Keeper caught on camera killing buzzards A gamekeeper has been sentenced to a total of 20 weeks’ imprisonment suspended for 12 months and fined £1000 after pleading guilty to killing two buzzards on land managed for pheasant shooting after an investigation by Nottinghamshire Police and the RSPB. Shocking …

DAMNING VIDEO SHOWS DOZENS OF DEAD ‘GAME’ BIRDS BEING DUMPED BY WELSH SHOOT

Thursday, January 27, 2022 Damning video evidence has been obtained showing dozens of dead ‘game’ birds being dumped into a natural cavern on the Dyfi Falls shooting estate in mid-Wales. The footage was captured at the Welsh beauty spot in Powys by professional investigators from leading animal welfare charity the League Against Cruel Sports, which …

Trial of gamekeeper accused of killing buzzards

A Nottinghamshire gamekeeper is set to appear in court this week after being accused of killing buzzards. After being arrested on suspicion of killing the birds of prey in the Kneeton area in January last year, his trial will begin tomorrow (Thursday, January 6).

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Law change allows wild birds to be killed to protect game birds in England Certain species such as carrion crows and jackdaws can be shot after government updates guidelines. 3rd January 2022 Some wild birds can now be killed in order to protect game birds bred for shooting in England, after the government updated guidelines …