Benyon meets the raptors on his Scottish grouse moor

Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller (the guy who last year produced the image of a giant hen harrier carrying off a Range Rover – see here) has produced a new piece entitled: Monarchs of the Glen (Richard Benyon MP has an unexpected meeting on his grouse moor with some raptors).

Benyon by Deller

Some of you may remember we recently blogged about the discovery of a Carbofuran-poisoned raven on Benyon’s Scottish grouse moor back in 2009 (see here). We remarked on the lack of publicity about this discovery, especially as Benyon went on to serve as the DEFRA Minister who refused to criminalise the possession of Carbofuran in England, who decided there was no need to introduce vicarious liability in England, who applauded the ‘wonderful work of gamekeepers’, who was in charge when the controversial ‘buzzard management’ trial was proposed (and then quickly withdrawn), and who was in charge when a licence was issued to a gamekeeper with a previous conviction for poisoning offences to allow him to remove buzzard nests and eggs in order to protect his pheasants.

We’ve asked Benyon several times on Twitter whether he was informed about the discovery of the poisoned raven on his estate and if so, when he was told. He hasn’t responded. Perhaps Deller knows something we don’t!

7 Responses to “Benyon meets the raptors on his Scottish grouse moor”

  1. September 23, 2014 at 11:30 am

    It’s a pity this can’t happen for real.
    But, could the birds suffer ill effects from alcohol or other substances ingested by the rich and powerful????

  2. 2 nirofo
    September 23, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    People like Benyon shouldn’t be allowed to be in control, let alone be in possession of any land where there is the remotest posssibility there is a threat to it’s wildlife and the environment there. The fact is that he was a failure in goverment and was then appointed the DEFRA minister where he was also a failure. This speaks volumes about the way our countries dwindling natural assets are controlled for sefish reasons by just a few people in places of power who have their own personal bigoted agendas !!!

  3. 3 John McAree
    September 23, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    surely, a Red kite is more suited to swooping down on huge piles of excreta?

  4. 4 Chris Roberts
    September 23, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    Benyon is an absolute disgrace, he was never suitable, as indeed it proved, to be the minister in charge of DEFRA. He should be charged for allowing a banned poison to be used on his land.

  5. September 23, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    I hope he hadnt been treated with diclofenac recently..?

  6. 6 Pete
    September 25, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    Perhaps an opportunity to ask a few questions?

    Richard Benyon @RichardBenyonMP · Sep 24
    Next open #surgery is taking place at @waitrose #Newbury on 10 October from 10:00-12:00 #AskBenyon pic.twitter.com/8Y3A6Vpipq
    Embedded image permalink

  7. 7 Annie
    September 26, 2014 at 8:06 am

    It is people like you who are a disgrace ……. how about researching your facts rather than jumping on any passing bandwagon – but no, that would take effort wouldn’t it?

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