Parliamentary motion about poisoned golden eagle Fearnan

Fearnan Angus Glens Dec 2013The Scottish Parliament is taking note of the illegal killing of golden eagle Fearnan, who was found poisoned on an Angus grouse moor in December.

The following parliamentary motion has been lodged:

Motion S4M-08715: James Dornan, Glasgow Cathcart, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 07/01/2014

No Place for Wildlife Crime

That the Parliament notes the poisoning of the golden eagle named Fearnan and believes that the killing of birds of prey has no place in modern Scotland; believes that the golden eagle population is of national interest, as demonstrated by a recent poll in which the species was voted the country’s favourite animal; supports efforts by Police Scotland to bring wildlife criminals to justice, and commends the Scottish Government’s commitment to end raptor persecution.

Supported by: Joan McAlpine, Stuart McMillan, Chic Brodie, Adam Ingram, Christina McKelvie, Mike MacKenzie, Bill Kidd, Patrick Harvie, Kenneth Gibson, David Torrance, Aileen McLeod, Colin Keir, John WilsonR, Roderick Campbell, Nigel Don, Dennis Robertson, Liam McArthur, Colin Beattie, Fiona McLeod, John Finnie, Jean Urquhart, Rob Gibson, Richard Lyle, Christine Grahame, Graeme Dey, Maureen Watt, Kevin Stewart, Sandra White, Mark McDonald

What’s significant about this motion is not necessarily that one has been lodged – there was a similar motion lodged in 2012 by Nigel Don MSP following the discovery of the now infamous dead ‘Deeside Eagle’ (see here), with an amendment to that motion made by Claudia Beamish MSP following the shooting of a golden eagle in South Lanarkshire (see here).

James Dornan MSPThe significance of this latest motion is that it’s been lodged by an MSP that doesn’t live in the region where Fearnan was killed and isn’t especially well-known for addressing raptor persecution issues – James Dornan MSP, representing  Glasgow Cathcart. We view this as an important indication that the raptor persecution issue is being brought to the attention of people who may previously have been unaware.

Well done, James Dornan. Let’s see how many more MSPs sign up to support this motion. Has yours signed?

12 Responses to “Parliamentary motion about poisoned golden eagle Fearnan”

  1. 2 Howardmclean
    January 13, 2014 at 11:58 am

    These people should be jailed can they not see what they are doing to the future of our wildlife

  2. January 13, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    This is why it is important, when ringing birds –or indeed when cataloguing any vulnerable wildlife–, to give them actual names and not just numbers. It is quite one thing to say “a buzzard was killed in somewhere-somewhere”, but if you can say “Jim the Buzzard was killed..etc” then you’ve successfully shamelessly manipulated human emotions and made people who don’t even know what a buzzard is feel an actual empathic connection with it. Its a technique well known in the conservation field in Africa and Asia, and implicitly accepted in wildlife documentary making. We need to do it more often. A list of names of the raptors killed is far more persuasive to those in the general public than a list of species.

    • January 13, 2014 at 3:59 pm

      Agreed, it helped hugely to have a series of photos in ‘Fearnan’s’ case to help the general public emphasise with his history from in the eyrie, to travelling around Scotland, till his demise on the xxxxxxxxxx grouse moors of Angus.

  3. 5 Stewart Love
    January 13, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    I agree to, it seems to help the public to identify more with the fate of an Eagle or other wildlife if it has been named, seems silly but it works. Also can’t help but notice that the vast majority of MSPs mentioned here are SNP. 1 Liberal, 1 Green party and 2 Independents. Speaks volumes that there are none of the other main parties involved so far.

  4. 6 Drew Aitken
    January 13, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    It is time that the protection laws of our wildlife is adhered to and the guilty punished for their actions. For too long lairds gamekeepers etc have got away with this because of their position. A long jail term is the only answer. We do not want to see what happened to the otter and sea eagle again.

    • 7 Dougie
      January 13, 2014 at 8:28 pm

      I fully agree with that and also the need to have the birds “personalised” by having them named. By keeping up the likes of the reports on this website etc. the inevitable situation will occur whereby the activities of the dinosaurs within the game keeping and landowning mafia will become untenable.

      I do believe that there is a SMALL number of game keepers who do not want to see themselves tarnished with a criminal name tag that befits many others, but as yet there are too few of such people.

      However, the main problem remains the inefficient law enforcement and criminal justice system. Some may care to describe that failing in other terms !!!!

  5. January 13, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    Wheelhouse & his Government can tinker as much has they like with wildlife laws, but it won’t make a jot of difference to deterring these vile criminals, they it will still continue unabated. If this Government is serious then the perpetrators need to be put were they belong, in prison.. Nothing less will work.

  6. 9 Merlin
    January 13, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    Great news its getting discussed in high places, hope they took note of the response from Tim Baynes of the SLE recently posted in the Courier. I’m sure his colleagues must have been embarrassed by it. Instead of some awe inspiring speech condemning those responsible and threatening to find out who was responsible at all costs and bring them to justice he basically says you’ve have no proof it was anyone related to a Grouse Moor, just hope this is also mentioned again when they’re waiting for state hand outs of tax payers money to subsidise their so called fun in Angus

  7. January 13, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    The problem is in proving who done it! perhaps the law needs to issue hunting licences for a given area and such licences be revoked for a period 12 months for example, making the industry responsible for protecting our natural wildlife as they say they do, alternatively like with Foxhunting, perhaps its time to consider banning all hunting and leave nature to balance it out.

  8. 11 Dave Dick
    January 13, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    But too often, who do the civil servants and MSPs go to for advice on wildlife issues?..The SGA and the SLE…time for our parliament to start playing hard ball here – why cant these people control their members?[unless youre one of those dafties who persist in the “poachers and animal rights activist” myths, trying to tell the public its not gamekeepers/ game managers behind this].

  9. 12 nirofo
    January 14, 2014 at 1:33 am

    It’s all very well these MSP’s are in support of action against wildlife crime, in particular the killing of Eagles, and I applaud them for it, however before the killing will stop they have to make sure that the criminals are caught, brought to trial and severely prosecuted. How will this ever happen if the police and the sheriffs etc, are incapable of carrying out their jobs due to pressure from above tying their hands firmly behind their backs.

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