Cabinet Secretary at Moy Game Fair: what message for the raptor killers?

The Moy (Highland) Game Fair kicks off today, where the great & good of the game shooting world gather to celebrate their activities.

Fergus Ewing MSP, Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Connectivity, will be there again this year, especially as this is bang slap in the middle of his constituency and he’s a big supporter of the game shooting industry.

We’ve often puzzled over the choice of venue for this event. The area has quite a history. In fact this region of the Monadhliaths, to the north west of the Cairngorms National Park, is one of the well known raptor persecution hotspots in Scotland.

Last year, Fergus Ewing rocked up to the Fair as usual, but his first time as a Cabinet Secretary. Have a watch of this video and listen to the strong message he gave to any raptor killing criminals that might have been listening. Not quite the message we might have hoped for from a senior representative of a Government that’s supposed to be big on stamping out raptor persecution, and in sharp contrast to the message given by another Cabinet Secretary earlier this year:

16 Responses to “Cabinet Secretary at Moy Game Fair: what message for the raptor killers?”

  1. August 4, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    He really is an embarrassment to the SNP. I guess it’s the family name…..

  2. 2 Greer Hart, senior
    August 4, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    I, like many humane and conservation minded people, joined Scotland’s wildlife and plantlife protection organisations, thinking that, at last I could be part of a benign revolution in the management of my country’s landscape. There has been no doubt that such groups have done some marvellous work in protecting threatened habitats and species. However, things had not really changed to the extent that the centuries old hegemony of the countryside was still there, operating brutally against species of bird or mammal that may have qualified for being classified as “vermin”aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa11. O how I hate that word, as it betokens that a wild creature or human, has been banished to the hell where all there is bound forever in adamantine chains and penal fire. In Scotland, and the rest of the UK, it meant that being a Bird of Prey, a gentle Mountain Hare, a Corvid, or a predatory mammal, gross and cruel persecution would follow, by snare, poison, bullet, or whatever some avenging gamekeeper had devised.

    I was not really shocked listening to Fergus Ewing, a man not to be contradicted in his claims for the benefits accruing to the Scottish economy from the efforts of the country sports industry, all £200 million of it. Does that dynastic man not realise how unrealistic he appears to be, using his status to confer great gratitude to a bunch of law breakers, who are part of an anachronistic hegemony, who give the lie to the claim that Scotland is a democratically run country. Mr Ewing has ignored the track record of the enforcers of the shooting industry, the gamekeepers, which reveals a lax application of the wildlife crime legislation, when it comes to prosecuting the killers of protected wildlife. The industry he lauds has tentacles that allegedly stretches into any nook and cranny, which may pose as a threat to blood sports. Mr Ewing went on to praise the gamekeepers as a national asset in managing the countryside, and the young people being trained in colleges to follow through, to ensure that the regime of suppression of wildlife and huge tracts of countryside, will forever be under the control of these wardens of positive conservation. What are they really protecting? They are really dealers in death for any living creature that has a right to live according to its nature. A well-balanced natural system does not require much human intervention, and for Mr Ewing to stand there and guarantee the shooting industry support and praise from his form of government, reveals that a more determined effort must now be set in motion to remove those of the game bird shooting industry, who not comply with the laws, hard fought for, that protect Birds of Prey, and to extend that protection to other creatures, like the Mountain Hare. An impartial investigation has to be set in motion to find out if there is a close relationship with our law enforcement and prosecution system, that is inimical to there ever being an end to the contemptuous and cruel persecution of wildlife.

    The Government of Scotland ought to have a close look at itself, and dissociate itself completely from supporting economic activities that are causing disconcert, and presenting a false image of themselves with regard to the issues of animal welfare and the proper management of the landscape. Mr Ewing has shown a disregard for the humane treatment of animals/birds, and a total ignorance of modern public opinion, which is very much against blood sports, whose practitioners arrogantly assume they can do as the please, as it has often been very difficult, hitherto, to prosecute wildlife crime offenders. When Donald Trump sold his shooting estate in the Cainrgorms (public pressure and money bought him out, via Chris Brasher of the Ramblers), he took two young Scottish gamekeepers with him, to “manage” his estate in the USA. They did not last long, as they began exterminating protected birds of prey, and domestic pets. The locals ran them out of the area. If Scotland is to be part of the world wide effort to eradicate trophy shooting, it has to have look at wildlife crime here associated with estates, as this has put Scotland in an anomalous position.

    • August 4, 2017 at 10:05 pm

      Wonderfully put, Greer. It’s a shame the Scottish Government’s primary objective is the health of the economy.

      • 4 Doug Malpus
        August 6, 2017 at 1:20 pm

        I have serious doubts about the economic value of the shooting industry. Communities are paid as little as possible for the services they can provide. All big business will pay as little as they can to enhance their profits. We are all too familiar with where big money ends up! It is not in this country’s coffers, they know too well how to avoid tax, legally or not.

    • August 4, 2017 at 10:39 pm

      Wish you could write for The National , Herald or such like Greer. Look after yourself because we so need you to keep up the good fight to end these barbaric practices

  3. 9 J .Coogan
    August 4, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    Ewing knows nothing about the countryside and probably cares even less . He spouts the old hackneyed rubbish because he is lazy and petrified of loosing his seat in the home of criminality. Like almost all politicians he is a populist and would say anything to stay in a job . I do agree he is an embarrassment not just to the SNP but to the human race . It is so demoralising that when we need intelligent ,visionary thinking regarding the state of our countryside ,when there are so many exciting innovative approaches at our disposal ,we have this idiot. He does look natty however with his wee podgy legs stuffed in to his brand new green wellies, bet they still look new.

  4. 10 Jimmy
    August 4, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    This odious individual is also a big fan of carpeting SCotlands wild lands with useless wind farms

  5. August 4, 2017 at 10:11 pm

    God, he doesn’t half go on. His monologue seemed more about his own self-interest than anything else. So there we have it, the SG in it’s current form will only appear to look at wildlife crime whilst protecting these scumbags and their annihilation of nature…

  6. August 5, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    His mammie wid be black affronted seeing that.

  7. 13 SOG
    August 6, 2017 at 9:36 am

    OT, but interesting: a report suggesting that low fox numbers results in mice being more active and getting bitten by more ticks. The result being more Lyme Disease passed on. Report links to original paper in Proc Roy Soc.

  8. 14 Simon
    August 6, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    Says it all about SNP and their attitude to Scotland’s environment.
    Clearly supporting the killing with impunity.

    Let’s see what Ewings will say when statelite tag data proves the extent of the killing on an industrial scale

  9. August 29, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    ‘ALL’ it says is what HOW one member of the Scottish Executive is terribly misguided( and actually, he is only one member of the SNP). Unless you know ‘ALL’ of the SNP members, you’d be better addressing the issues. I’m an SNP member and am certainly NOT included in ‘ALL’ that it says about the SNP. Unless you know something I don’t know (and clearly you don’t) you’d know the vast majority of SNP members find Fergus Ewing’s public views to be totally abhorrent.
    I don’t follow and support this group, to have attacks on my political beliefs: I do so, because I share the aims and objectives of the group.

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