Buzzard shot in the throat in North Ayrshire

shot buzzard hessilheadAnd so it continues….

An injured buzzard was delivered to a wildlife resecue centre near Beith, North Ayrshire on Sunday. It had been shot in the throat.

Hessilhead Wildlife Rescue Centre had this to say:

Today a buzzard was delivered to us, and we were disappointed to see it had been shot. A pellet had punctured the buzzard’s crop, and some of its last meal was oozing out. We cleaned it up, stitched up the wound, and hope that the pellet hasn’t gone right through the crop. The bird will need antibiotics, and we are hopeful of a full recovery“.

Another raptor persecution incident, another victim, another wildlife crime for which no-one will be brought to justice. This case is just the latest in a string of incidents in Scotland this year: there has been at least one (recorded) raptor persecution incident every single month so far this year.

8 Responses to “Buzzard shot in the throat in North Ayrshire”

  1. 1 Chris Roberts
    July 30, 2013 at 9:30 am

    I recorded raptor persecution incident per month, most likely a couple of dozen en-recorded!

  2. 3 Dougie
    July 30, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    Is it known precisely where the buzzard was found and if the police have been informed.

  3. 4 nirofo
    July 30, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    And so it goes on, when are the government going to say this is getting out of hand, we need to put a stop to it once and for all. Of course that’s if the government even cares about the decimation of our Raptors, lets face it a great number of them are part of the shooting fraternity themselves !!!

    • 5 Jimmy
      July 31, 2013 at 2:37 pm

      A prime example of that in the August 2013 edition of the Shooting Gazette with a gushing interview involving one Richard Benyon MP

  4. 6 bimbling
    July 31, 2013 at 9:17 am

    Its not clear if it was an airgun pellet or a shotgun pellet. The former seems to suggest that contrary to the bulk of responses to the recent consultation on licencing of air weapons, there is a need to licence. The latter, well rather depressingly, just same old same old. And of course shotguns are licenced so only special professionals can use them!

  5. 7 nirofo
    July 31, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    “And of course shotguns are licenced so only special professionals can use them!”

    I assume these special professionals you refer to are gamekeepers, what’s so special about them, some are just wildlife persecution criminals licenced to use a gun !!!

    [Ed: Nirofo, your message has had to be slightly edited]

  6. 8 col
    August 4, 2013 at 2:25 am

    Reblogged this on Colette … and commented:
    I can’t believe that any human would willingly shoot a precious bird (a life) in the neck, sorry but
    this offends me, why! because I am a fellow member of the human race. What has become of us, are we stepping backwards or hopefully forward into a life of understanding and respect for creatures who inhabit this wonderful world that we SHARE! after all, who are we to decide.

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