Songbird Survival hints at experimental raptor cull

In a move that will not surprise anyone who understands the history and background of those involved with the pressure group Gamebird Songbird Survival, their Policy Director Keith McDougall has suggested that in the future, Gamebird Songbird Survival might extend its current experimental cull of corvids to a cull of birds of prey: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-12634698

Idiots. If you want to read about the ‘science’ that this group uses to justify its thinly-disguised anti-raptor stance (especially their notion that reintroducing white-tailed eagles to East Anglia would decimate the local songbird population – because oh yes, sea eagles are well known for their dietary preference of songbirds), check out their website and read their newsletters – always worth a good laugh: http://www.songbird-survival.org.uk/index.html

And then read Animal Aid’s fascinating report on who’s who at Gamebird Songbird Survival: http://www.againstcorvidtraps.co.uk/songbird_survival/bloodsports


3 Responses to “Songbird Survival hints at experimental raptor cull”

  1. 1 Dave Dick
    March 4, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    Dangerous yes…we are now so removed from the processes of nature that even those people who like the idea of conservation…become raging killers when they actually see a sparrowhawk catch, kill and eat a finch in front of them.

    The real danger is that with emotive language its easy to make a politician think there is a big problem with raptors…

    A reminder..any “cull” of a species [killing all of them indiscriminately in an area] is against the EC Birds Directive and therefore illegal. Even corvids.

  2. March 16, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    Killing corvids and raptors to protect songbirds is just wrong. If they read real science (for example Ian Newtons book on population limitations in birds), they would see that population ecology is much more complicated and just killing corvids and raptors won’t help songbirds who mostly suffer from habitat destruction, illegal hunting during migration and climate change.

    In Lower Austria the government allowed to yearly kill about 200 Common Buzzards and 50 Goshawks. One of the arguments was to protect Meadow Pippits (declining because of habitat deterioration and not because of Common Buzzards), Saker Falcons (although maybe sometimes killed by Goshawks, they suffer more from habitat destruction, illegal trade or decline of prey) and other animals incl. a snake species that hasn’t been seen in the area for more than 30 years.

    All just so that some people can shoot Common Buzzards and Goshawks. This is just plain fxxxxxg stupid. And given the terrible id skills of many hunters, I wouldn’t be surprised if they shot Saker Falcons, Hen Harriers or even Eastern Imperial Eagles because of confusion with Buzzards or Goshawks.


    • 3 Fiona Matheson
      February 13, 2012 at 8:04 pm

      If a bird of prey or corvid kills another bird for a meal it does just that. There is a kill and there is a meal.

      Humans these days, in Europe, do not shoot and kill to ward off starvation.

      I recently heard the most horrific but true story about a farm boy, 14 years old, given his first gun by his father. He shot at a bird – not for food but for ‘fun’.
      And he ‘missed’ as he described it..
      He shot off the bird’s beak.
      He saw what he did and he heard the ungodly screaming of this poor creature that just had its face shot off.
      The boy did what most little boys would do and went in his turn in tears to his parents.
      The bird did what any of us would do in similar circumstances and went screaming around with its face missing.
      Till the wee boys father made the boy follow the sounds of his torure and horror and actually kill the animal.
      Remind me again what guns are for???

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