Ross-shire Massacre: reward rises to £26,000

Tollie Red Kite CentreWell this is good to see. A group of landowners and farmers from the Moray Firth area have pledged £12,000 to the reward for information about the mass poisoning of at least 18 red kites and buzzards near Conon Bridge.

This donation takes the reward to over £26,000, following contributions of £5,000 by RSPB Scotland, £5,000 by an anonymous donor and over £4,000 raised so far by donations from the general public.

News article in the Northern Times here

What’ll be interesting is whether this extra £12,000, if unclaimed as a reward, will be donated to the RSPB Scotland Investigations Team, as the rest of the reward money will be. Probably not, given landowners’ organisation Scottish Land and Estates‘ constant criticism of the RSPB’s investigations work.

Let’s hope the lure of a £26,000 reward will draw out somebody who may be shielding the criminal(s) involved in this incident.

If you’d like to donate to the reward fund, please go HERE.

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


3 Responses to “Ross-shire Massacre: reward rises to £26,000”

  1. 1 Mr Greer Hart, senior
    April 9, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    My sadness and anger rises every day now, with the BBC News reporting another Red Kite to the toll of birds of prey that have been illegally killed.

    That energy orfrage has been translated into spending hours each morning contacting those who should be doing something about this criminal activity. I have compiled emails to the Minister for Justice, Kenneth MacAskill, Ian Jardine of the SNH, my MSP James Dornan, the Leader of the Scottish Labour Party, Johann Lamont. The John Muir Trust, and other groups, have, or are about to be approached about what action they are going to take. One interesting reaction I got, was from the World Wide Fund for Nature at Dunkeld, where the young person answering my call admitted he had not heard about the slaughter of wild birds at Conon. I was told that WWF did not have a remit to be involved in wild life issues in Scotland, but did have one to deal with climate change. This is the group that advertises for people to sponsor their plans to save Snow Leopards, Tigers and other creatures, yet they cannot join in on the campaign for the law to be enforced in saving our endangered birds of prey here in Scotland, and in England. I am not surprised, because a few years ago, the Daily Mail published a photo of the King of Spain standing beside a large elephant he had shot, along with a Cape Buffalo and other animals. That King was the WWF’s main man in Spain.

    The basis of my attack on the system that should be enforcing the law in Scotland, with regard to wildlife crime has been, that are we naive to trust the Police and Judiciary to deal with perpetrators and the punishment of
    them, respectively?

    What must come out of this should be a campaign to inform the Scottish public of actually what is going on in the countryside of Scotland, and the problems facing those who wish to restore that landscape. A restoration involving the creation of new native woodlands and habitats such as raised bogs; the protection of endangered plant, insect, bird and mammal species; the introduction of species once found in Scotland, but with full consultation with farmers and other landowners, and with common sense and not imposition; a definite and inviolable designation of wild land, where no adverse development can ever take place; the creation of an investigative body (SSPCA) and properly trained police officers who cannot be intimidated or bullied by superiors or others to ignore or treat as low profile any evidence uncovered; a thorough investigation into the connections anyone in the Judiciary who may have blood sports connections and thereby be partial in passing sentence; a Minister of the Environment who has been clearly informed as to his role in respecting wildlife crime laws; and a forum composed of every interest involved in managing the countryside of Scotland. All shooting estates and their employees, such as gamekeepers, would be regularly monitored, along with any farms thought to be involved in using poisons harmful to wildlife. Remove ambiguity of whom is to blame, and that would destroy one of the excuses Police and Fiscal have for not pursuing cases. The shooting estates would have to recognise that the deadly impact they have had on wildlife can no longer continue, and that part of the cost of running their ventures, is to accept the loss/cost of some game birds being lost to predators.

    The old, instilled awe and respect for the gamekeeper and the big estate owner would have to go the way of the dinosaurs, and the public made aware as to the need, in an endangered world, that Scotland has to have its environment managed by a more informed and less partial form of government. Hitherto, most people have been living in a world that thinks we have a healthy countryside, but we do not, with indiscriminate development due to lax planning, and with, in some cases, venal and biased local politicians acting for their own and other interests. Left as it is with the dodgy characters running the show, Scotland’s environment will decline further. The schools should have an obligation to reveal to young people, the importance of understanding how the natural environment’s protection is important for their future health, employment and enjoying their leisure time. At present, it is the hands of a few people with an inordinate influence on those in Government.

  2. 2 Chris Roberts
    April 10, 2014 at 10:39 am

    Well said Mr Hart, I wholeheartedly agree with you.

  3. 3 padear
    July 21, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    Well said Cousin Greer.

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