Alleged dirty tricks campaign delays publication of hen harrier persecution evidence

The Scottish Raptor Study Group claims that a dirty tricks campaign is behind the delayed publication of a new hen harrier report. The report, called “A Conservation Framework for Hen Harriers in the UK”, contains “some highly damning evidence” that illegal persecution on grouse moors is one of the main reasons behind the species’ imperiled conservation status.

The Scottish Raptor Study Group accuses game-shooting lobbyists of employing delaying tactics so that the report is not published during the critical stages of the WANE Bill. If it is published, it would provide yet further evidence (if further evidence is needed) that illegal persecution is preventing the recovery of yet another protected raptor species. This evidence could persuade MSPs to support tough new measures that have been proposed to combat wildlife crime in Scotland, such as the licensing of shooting estates. Unsurprisingly, the game-shooting lobbyists are dead set against this proposal, and other similar measures, such as the introduction of vicarious liability. By suppressing the hen harrier report, they can continue to claim that everything in the shooting industry is above board and legal.

The report was supposed to have been published by SNH almost a year ago, in January 2010. Where is the public accountability? More importantly, where is the report? Perhaps the authors should email a copy to Julian Assange – he seems to be very good at publishing information that governments and others would rather be kept hidden.

Full details of the story at the SRSG website: http://www.scottishraptorgroups.org/news.php

10 Responses to “Alleged dirty tricks campaign delays publication of hen harrier persecution evidence”

  1. 1 nirofo
    December 18, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    It was to be expected from a despicable shower like the shooting fraternity, they’ll go to any lengths to make sure they retain their murderous shooting rights. Meanwhile, more and more Raptors will be illegally killed while all the parliamentary shilly shallying goes on.


  2. 2 Dave Dick
    December 18, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    There has been massive of evidence of persecution, pointing directly to shooting estates, recorded since the 1980s – check out all the RSPB annual reports …and if you are one of the sad idiots that think those are somehow made up, for some obscure paranoid reason…then also check out all the SASA government poisoning reports…or the 5 year study and 2000 report of the UK Govt Working Group on Birds of Prey…

    But thats not enough for some people is it…we have to continue paying for more and more reports to prove the bleeding obvious.

    Which is….birds of prey are killed regularly on shooting estates by gamekeepers…and the problem is particularly obvious on grouse moors….good God…who would have thought it?

    After all …there’s only a century and a half of “literature” surrounding game shooting describing birds of prey as vermin…

    Just how dumb are our politicians meant to be?…or could they be ignoring the problem because its politically expedient…[landowners are too powerful still in our modern society?…or too iconic]…yes indeed , were still bowing to the aristocracy in the 21st century…

  3. 3 nirofo
    December 18, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    Your last paragraph sums it up to a tee.


  4. 4 Stewart Love
    December 18, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    Our dumb politicians may regret ignoring this problem when it comes to the next election, there are lots more “ordinary” people than there are Landowners and our Politicians could find themselves out of a job. So keep on exposing the Landowners and their employees by publicizing their slaughter of Birds of Prey more.

  5. 5 nirofo
    December 19, 2010 at 1:58 am

    The biggest problem is the “ordinary” people very rarely get to know what’s really happening, it’s purposely kept from them so that the politicians have nothing to fear from the truth being told. After all we can’t have the “ordinary” folk knowing what’s going on in the real world, it’s just not done.


    • 6 Stewart Love
      December 19, 2010 at 6:55 pm

      All the more reason for web sites like this, publish the facts and their names, let people know, and if the politicians don’t do their job and ignore of delay things then publish that as well. Sorry for the rant but fed up doffing my cap to the Gentry.

      • 7 nirofo
        December 20, 2010 at 8:46 pm

        Unfortunately web sites like these are very rarely seen by the public, the viewers of these sites are usually, ( but not all) keen conservationists already and are long since converted.


  6. 8 Dave Dick
    December 21, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    Good discussion there…but dont be so pessimistic…this site exists and gets stronger with every post…may I suggest you bring it to the attention of your local MSP and UK MP?….also , if theres a local story – such as the gamekeeper trial mentioned above – then pass on this site info to local press.

    Mainstream conservation routinely ignores the power of local press and subsequent local pressure on persecutors…..cant be much fun to be a gamekeeper going into the local shop when his poisoning story has been on the front page of the Gazette?

    Just takes the press of a few buttons to get this stuff out there…stand up and be counted!

  7. 9 Stewart Love
    December 21, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    Agree with the above, have already passed site name onto a few people, unfortunately I stay in central Scotland and not out in the sticks and don’t think my local press would be interested in country matters. Do think that the more people know the better and we should try to get more people interested.

  8. 10 Mike Price
    January 12, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    Thank you for your email of December 24th, to Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Minister for Environment and Climate Change, regarding the Conservation Framework for Hen Harriers. I have been asked to respond on behalf of the Scottish Government.

    We are aware of the report and of the delays that it has experienced on its way to publication. Although my understanding is that SNH have arranged meetings with stakeholders to go through their scientific concerns, I appreciate that this is frustrating for those who have an interest in raptors in Scotland and are waiting for the report’s conclusions to be made public.

    We have been assured by SNH that the report will be published before the Parliament has completed consideration of the Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Bill and will be made available to the Rural Affairs and Environment Committee. While I can’t comment on the content of a report that is yet to be published, I assure you that the Minister and her officials look forward to reading its conclusions with great interest.

    Kind regards

    Catherine Murdoch

    Natural Resources Division

    Rural and Environment Directorate

    The Scottish Government

    Phone: 0131-244 7140

    Mail: 1-D North, Victoria Quay, Edinburgh EH6 6QQ

    For information on wildlife crime and PAW Scotland, please visit http://www.PAW.Scotland.gov.uk

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