Buzzard’s injuries suggest it was caught in illegal leg-hold trap

BZ Malton Oct2014A badly-injured buzzard that was found floundering in a field near Malton, North Yorkshire, has had to be euthanised.

A veterinary examination revealed the bird had a badly broken leg and its injuries suggest it had been caught in an illegal leg-hold trap. The injuries were judged to be at least one week old.

News article in Yorkshire Post here.

North Yorkshire has the dubious distinction of being the worst place in the UK for raptor persecution (see here and here). The landscape is dominated by driven grouse moors.

Over 18,500 people have signed a petition to ban driven grouse shooting – if you feel the same way you can sign it here.


3 Responses to “Buzzard’s injuries suggest it was caught in illegal leg-hold trap”

  1. 1 Chris Roberts
    October 19, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    Damn those gamekeepers – lets drive them to extinction.

  2. 2 nirofo
    October 20, 2014 at 2:22 am

    Barbaric Neanderthal bastards, time the shooting fraternity were relegated to the dustbin of distasteful history !!!

  3. 3 Tony Warburton MBE
    October 20, 2014 at 10:43 am

    North Yorkshire – the ‘black hole’ for birds of prey (including Eagle Owls) where our Bowland birds ‘disappear’ with such monotonous regularity, and those that make it past Yorkshire then have to run the gauntlet of the Peak District in order to meet certain death in Eastern Scotland! I vividly remember giving a lecture in North Yorkshire about birds of prey, when a red-faced swarthy, tweed-clad ‘gentleman’ sitting at the back (of course) shouted out in broad Yorkshire – “Aye lad, you put them out and I’ll knock ’em out of the sky for you before you can blink”! But don’t give up lads, we’ll beat them in the end. And yes, I do believe that.

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