Perthshire gamekeeper shot and killed buzzard

A FORMER gamekeeper shot and killed a buzzard on a Perthshire estate “in desperation to keep his job,” his lawyer told Perth Sheriff Court on Wednesday. Fifty-three-year-old Graham Barclay Kerr, who was also caught in possession of highly toxic pesticides, which are fatal if eaten by birds and other wildlife, was fined £400. The court …

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Huntsman accused of breaking ban

A prominent West huntsman has been charged by police for breaking the controversial hunting ban - just weeks before the General Election that could see the law scrapped. Richard Down, the huntsman of the Quantock Staghounds, is facing one charge under the 2004 Act in a prosecution brought by Avon and Somerset police and the …

After years of Animal Aid campaigning … Defra ‘bans’ game bird battery cages

After more than six years of campaigning and undercover exposés by Animal Aid of battery cages used for 'game birds', the government has today issued a new industry Code of Practice that effectively outlaws the contraptions. The controversy over the devices, which are used for game bird 'breeding stock', began after Animal Aid's undercover footage …

Drinks giant Diageo secretly killing a herd of deer

DRINKS giant Diageo has been secretly killing a herd of deer - while continuing talks with campaigners desperate to save them. Bosses hired hitmen to start slaughtering the creatures despite giving hope to animal lovers that other options were still being explored. The roe deer, including hinds, bucks and year-old fawns, have been in the …

Demonstrate Against the Hoghton Tower Duck & Pheasant Shoot

Sunday 28th February - Demonstrate Against the Hoghton Tower Duck & Pheasant Shoot Demo 12-2pm at Hoghton Tower, near Preston, 2 minutes from Junction 3 of the M65 STOP THE SLAUGHTER OF DUCKS AND PHEASANTS Hoghton Tower are holding a Wedding promotion on the 28th February and it is important that visitors are made aware …