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Mass poisoning of raptors in Ross-shire to feature at film festival in New York

In March 2014, 22 red kites and buzzards were illegally poisoned in Ross-shire, in an incident that became known as the Ross-shire Massacre.

This shocking crime drew wide public attention and revulsion, leading to public protests in Inverness town centre.

Rossshire Massacre film

In 2015, film-maker Lisa Marley produced a short but beautifully evocative film about the crime and the subsequent police investigation.

Her film, Red Sky on the Black Isle, will feature at the Wildlife Conservation Film Festival taking place in October 2017 in New York. Good stuff. The more international exposure that can be given to the illegal persecution of birds of prey throughout the UK, the better.

As we approach the third anniversary of the Ross-shire Massacre, when the case becomes time-barred (meaning that a prosecution is no longer possible), we will be blogging about some aspects of this case that, for legal reasons, we’ve been unable to publish before now. More in March….

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5 Responses to “Mass poisoning of raptors in Ross-shire to feature at film festival in New York”


  1. 1 Chris Roberts
    January 30, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    I have just re-watched the film, and am very pleased that it will be getting extra exposure in New York.

    I shall look forward to your future posts regarding this massacre RPUK, with great interest.

  2. 2 I C T
    January 30, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    I look forward to hearing more details of the massacre in March, and it wouldn’t surprise me to find Police Scotland have a lot to answer for! I’m certain there’s not going to be a prosecution!

    • 3 crypticmirror
      January 30, 2017 at 4:40 pm

      Certainly not one if the cops and fiscals office can help it. I mean short of a suspiciously well timed leak of mass documents which give unequivocal grounds for prosecution into the public domain regardless of the actual legality of that link, there is going to be nothing that forces their hand either. If anyone has such documents and accidentally loses them in such a way as they hit the public, well, those people would be wee heroes. Illegal of course, but still wee heroes. Long month to go before March, RPUK, long month.

  3. 4 Jill Brown
    February 1, 2017 at 10:27 am

    This case was doomed to failure from day one.

    Police officers in uniform collecting dead birds in full view of anyone who happened to be in the area.

    Cosy chats with locals prior to any searches to recover the poison.

    Once police realised the seriousness of the incident universal lip service was given with no real attempt to catch the person responsible.

    And if all that was not bad enough, if it happened again the same mistakes will be repeated.

  4. 5 Greer Hart, senior
    February 6, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    Apart from the Greens in the Scottish Parliament, why have the other political parties not shown any interest in this crime against protected wildlife, and an example of law enforcement not setting a good response. Is the Ruled of Law enforceable in certain rural areas? Everyone should be checking out the list of politicians’ interests, and I bet very few have a mention of anything connected with a humane interest in wildlife conservation or animal welfare. Politics, Philosophy and Economics degrees do not contain discussion about our responsibility to act as stewards of the landscape on which we find ourselves in this life.


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