Ross-shire Massacre: Your opportunity to contribute to reward fund

red kite rspbThe RSPB has set up an on-line donation page where those of us who want to show our disgust and outrage at the Ross-shire Massacre can contribute towards the ‘reward for information’ fund.

The reward was initially set up by RSPB with a £5,000 contribution. This has now been increased to £10,000 thanks to an anonymous donor. Here’s our chance to further increase the reward.

If the reward is unclaimed, the funds will be used directly for contributing towards the RSPB’s Investigation Unit – a small team of dedicated professionals doing their utmost against the powerful, well-funded and influential game-shooting industry.

If you’d like to show your support, and ramp up the pressure on the poisoning criminals who continue to commit these atrocities, you can donate here.

RSPB press release here.

Previous blogs about the Ross-shire Massacre here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here.

11 Responses to “Ross-shire Massacre: Your opportunity to contribute to reward fund”

  1. 1 salmonshepherd
    April 4, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    I see that our jolly gamekeeper friends are now defending the massacre of mountain hares on the basis that the ticks they carry can harm grouse chicks. I for one am not looking forward to the time when bulk of upland Scotland is a barren wilderness populated by nothing but grouse and toffs with guns. I’m aware from my time working for the riparian owners’ lobby that the same toffs (only with fishing rods this time) would happily see much of our country a barren wilderness inhabited only by their kind in Range Rovers. Time to take back our land on behalf of the hares and the birds of prey, and the seals and the goosanders and mergansers and cormorants and saw-bill ducks? I’d say so! Keep up the good work! Fiona Sent from my iPad


  2. 2 Chris Roberts
    April 4, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    Great news that the public are having a chance to donate, and show our disgust at all the wildlife criminals that continue to flout the law of the land. Let us hope that it persuades both the British and Scottish governments plus the judiciary that the general public have had enough of the landowners their game keeping servants, and anyone else, that continue to disregard the law and will of the British people.

  3. 3 Mr Greer Hart, senior
    April 4, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    I endorse the above comments. There is not a political party among the huddle at Holyrood, that has really shown the guts to take on the destructive parasitical ownership of a large chunk of Scotland’s landscape. We send millions of pound, and rightly so, to save endangered species in other countries. There is no habitat or species that is not under threat due to the mismanagement of the planet, which is being rampaged for minerals, timber and whatever can make big profits of corporations. Who would ever have thought the lion, the tiger, the elephant, and even what was common among the wildflowers and butterflies, would be giving great cause for concern?

    Here it is in front us in Scotland and England; any attempt to bring back eagles and kites, is countered by their being poisoned, trapped or short. Even mountain hares are denied an existence. As was once said of the Romans, that they created a desert wherever they went, so it is in Scotland with the intrusive shooters demanding nothing but grouse exist, and any competition be destroyed, on shooting estates. This elite must have a time allocated for their extinction on the landscape of Scotland. It is time to consolidate and to tell, not ask, but demand from those who posture in politics, that Scotland requires a new policy for managing its countryside and wildlife. We who love the wild land and its wildlife, are ethically correct to demand that change. Those who use our countryside for industrial killing of game birds and other creatures, create an appearance of absurdity and unmerited privilege. Those who are supposed to deal with the criminals who have been responsible for crimes against protected species, should be thoroughly investigated for any connections they may have to this stranglehold on what lives and dies on our moors and hills. It would be naive to assume any longer, that there is not an old boy network holding back justice being done, which has the money, the connections and those willing to do their vile bidding.

  4. 5 Grouseman
    April 5, 2014 at 12:40 am

    Can none of you see this is the RSPB deliberately exploiting this situation to generate them more money. They know full well there’s never going to be good enough evidence come forward to lead to a conviction so the money donated is going to go straight to their pocket.

    • April 5, 2014 at 9:06 am

      Depends how you look at it. Some would argue that the RSPB are providing an opportunity for those who want to help and/or show their support.

      If the reward is unclaimed (which it probably will be, unless they have an opportunity to go for a charge of possession of a banned poison) then the money raised won’t ‘go straight to their pocket’ – it’ll go straight to their investigations team who will no doubt be able to buy a few more covert cameras to catch the criminals in the act – a lot of donors will be happy with that, us included.

    • 8 Andy
      April 5, 2014 at 10:58 am

      Maybe, this time, with a big reward, the ranks of those who regularly commit crimes such as this will break and someone will step forward to take the money. Is this what really concerns you Mr Grouseman?

  5. 9 Dave
    April 5, 2014 at 1:27 am

    And it goes on…confirmation on the news that a poisoned peregrine was found in Lanarkshire…

    “n a separate incident, a dead peregrine falcon was discovered in the Abington area on 17 February by a member of the public.

    Tests carried out by analysts at the Centre of Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture showed the bird was poisoned.

    Police have appealed for anyone with information about this case to contact them.”

  6. 10 Dylanben
    April 6, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    Mr Greer Hart sums up the situation both eloquently and succinctly. I hope that his comments will be brought to the attention of Mr Wheelhouse.

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