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 …

Elmstead: ‘Hunter’ had knife ‘due to work culling farm animals’

28th March 2022 A HUNTER found to be carrying a lock knife “endorsed” by celebrity adventurer Bear Grylls had the blade to help keep rodents off nearby farmland, a court was told. Samuel Berry, 24, was arrested after police visited his home in Colchester Road, Elmstead, over an unrelated matter. The officers got no response …

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. …

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 …

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).

Badgers not a key source of bovine TB latest released study shows

3rd November 2021 The Badger Trust has today welcomed the long awaited release of the Badgers Found Dead Study (BFDS), with results that clearly support the Trust’s view that badgers are not a reservoir host for bovine TB, but rather a spillover host. These latest results support those of a previous survey of culled badgers …

F**c the cull – Another year of mass slaughter has started

Message from Manchester Hunt Sabs 7th September 2021 Another year of mass slaughter has started. The government backed farce will see hundreds of Badgers killed across Cheshire & Staffordshire. If you'd like to support us as we do our best to fuck it up for them, you can donate here: ko-fi.com/manchesterhuntsabs