Ssshhhh! Don’t mention the new Raptor Crime Hotline!

Two and a half weeks ago the RSPB launched its new, confidential Raptor Crime Hotline (0300-999-0101) to help whistle-blowers within the shooting industry come forward about bird of prey persecution.

We thought it’d be interesting to see how many members of the Raptor Persecution Priority Delivery Group (RPPDG) were actively promoting this initiative, because part of the RPPDG’s role is to provide publicity about raptor persecution in order to ‘build trust and transparency’.

There must be something wrong with our internet browser, because we could only find the new hotline number being promoted on two RPPDG member’s websites: RSPB and NERF (Northern England Raptor Forum).

We couldn’t find anything on the websites of the other RPPDG members:

Moorland Association, National Gamekeepers Organisation, British Association for Shooting & Conservation, Countryside Alliance, Country Land & Business Association, Natural England, DEFRA, National Parks England, Crown Prosecution Service, National Wildlife Crime Unit.

How strange. Surely just a temporary, technical glitch for, er, them all?

Well done though to the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority and the North York Moors National Park Authority who have both publicised the new Raptor Crime Hotline, and they’re not even listed as members of the RPPDG!

15 Responses to “Ssshhhh! Don’t mention the new Raptor Crime Hotline!”

  1. March 8, 2018 at 3:33 pm

    Funny that! Have you tweeted it? I’d gladly retweet it to give them a gentle nudge as they must have forgotten!

  2. 3 J .Coogan
    March 8, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    Great stuff again RPUK, trying to involve these dinosaurs is a waste of time – leopards and spots spring to mind.

  3. March 8, 2018 at 5:22 pm

    Well, what a surprise, obviously nothing will be done as the shooting lobby want to hush up the whole thing.

  4. 5 Hoppy.
    March 8, 2018 at 5:37 pm

    The west of Scotland weekly, the Oban Times, today carried an article by the animal charity “One Kind”, calling for an end to the culling of Mountain Hares. The Oban Times contacted the Scottish Government, and got a fairly standard reply, but surprise, surprise, the Scottish Gamekeepers Association “declined to comment” !!!

  5. 6 Valerie Webber
    March 8, 2018 at 5:39 pm

    I promote it on my facebook group and I post all your reports as well

  6. 7 Derek Farr
    March 8, 2018 at 5:39 pm

    Just had a look at the British Association for Shooting and Conservation web site for training courses there are 24 courses available for the year. Strangely I cant find one with conservation in the title!

    • 8 Andrew Archer
      March 8, 2018 at 9:35 pm

      Did you take a look at the BASC’s ‘150 key acheivements’ while you were there?

      #9 secure[d] the rejection of plans to call for a worldwide ban on lead ammunition
      #13 brief[ed] on the unintended consequences of licencing driven grouse shooting
      #29 produced a briefing note for MPs on grouse shooting ahead of the parliamentary debate
      #30 collected evidence to support the shooting of pest birds
      #34 [gave] evidence to the Public Petitions Committee against the introduction of shoot licensing
      #59 promote[d] and defend[ed] grouse shooting in the run-up to the Parliamentary debate on the petition to ban driven grouse shooting
      #60 briefed MEPs on the value of grouse shooting
      #73 kept hooded crows on [the] general licence
      #74 lobbied the Welsh Government, resulting in Greenland white-fronted geese being kept on the quarry list
      #96 become involved with the raptor persecution priority delivery group (!)
      #97 became the plan owner for the poaching priority delivery group, dedicated to increasing the awareness of poaching as a serious wildlife crime (interesting that poaching is a ‘serious wildlife crime’ to BASC, in contract to raptor persecution)

  7. 10 Jimmy
    March 8, 2018 at 8:19 pm

    Well that is a surprise……………………………

  8. March 9, 2018 at 12:40 am

    Hardly surprising, and it speaks volumes about how much these organizations know they’ve got to hide. The lack of whistle-blowers in the shooting world really does speak volumes as well. It destroys the credibility of shooters when they call themselves conservationists. Raptor persecution is so systematic throughout grouse moors and indeed other types of managed shoots, that there must be a lot of people in the know in the shooting world. Perhaps some have tipped off the RSPB and it’s been kept quiet, but generally it seems there’s an omerta code in the shooting world. It’s impossible to take seriously the claims of shooters say they disapprove of the illegal persecution of raptors, when the shooting world does so little to blow the whistle on those committing this wildlife crime.

    At one time I accepted that there were more ethical shooters, because many shooters did a good job of convincing me and others that they were appalled by the illegal persecution of raptors. But as time has worn on and I’ve got older, my belief in the fabled ethical shooter has waned. Even now I suppose there are some, but I’m no longer convinced that they’d speak out if they knew about those involved in illegal raptor persecution. The evidence of the scale of illegal persecution on managed shoots, says that a lot of shooters must at least have a good idea about what’s going on. I’ve also heard reliably from people who socialise with shooters, that some of those perpetrating raptor crime are not shy boasting about it in the company of other shooters.

  9. March 9, 2018 at 12:51 am

    A bit like their support for Heads in the Sand for Harriers.

  10. 13 JohnM
    March 9, 2018 at 11:59 am

    You’d think they’d relish making that phone number widely available, so that their members could call anonymously and ‘crow’ about all the raptors they’ve killed.

  11. 14 Kenneth TAYLOR
    March 9, 2018 at 9:16 pm

    If you ( or anyone else) has email addresses for the decision makers at Moorland Association, National Gamekeepers Organisation, British Association for Shooting & Conservation, Countryside Alliance, Country Land & Business Association, Natural England, DEFRA, National Parks England, Crown Prosecution Service and the National Wildlife Crime Unit, I’d happily email them and ask why as members of the Raptor Persecution Priority Delivery Group, they are silent on the subject

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