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“It is long past time for reviews & inquiries”: Andy Wightman’s letter to Nicola Sturgeon

This morning we blogged about two satellite-tagged golden eagles, named Adam and Charlie, who have ‘disappeared’ in suspicious circumstances on a Scottish grouse moor (here).

We published a video about the loss of these eagles and we all watched an emotional Andy Wightman MSP try to retain his composure as he talked to Chris Packham about how he felt when he was told that ‘his’ eagle, Adam, was one of those that had vanished.

Watch the video here:

This afternoon, Andy has written to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon urging her to take action against the ongoing issue of illegal raptor persecution on grouse moors.

Here is a copy of that letter:

Like Andy, you too can write to the First Minister. You can write her an email.

You can talk about how you felt when you heard about these two missing golden eagles.

About how you felt about the 50+ other satellite-tagged golden eagles that have ‘disappeared’ in suspicious circumstances on or near to grouse moors in the last ten years.

About how you feel every time you read another news article about the illegal killing of birds of prey on land managed for game shooting.

About how you feel when what looks like clear cut video evidence of an alleged crime against birds of prey is thrown out of court and the suspect walks free without trial.

About how you feel every time the Scottish Government says ‘raptor persecution won’t be tolerated’ but then it is, time and time again.

Please take the time to contact Nicola Sturgeon. She’ll be delighted to find out just how many people would support her to take action. You don’t need to be a Scottish resident to write to her – in fact the more correspondents from overseas, the better. This is an international embarrassment to Scotland and the time has come for regulation.

Please send your emails to: FirstMinister@gov.scot

Thank you.

The next blog will include some AMAZING eagle illustrations that have been drawn today and sent to the First Minister. If you thought Andy’s interview was powerful, wait until you see these…..

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8 Responses to ““It is long past time for reviews & inquiries”: Andy Wightman’s letter to Nicola Sturgeon”


  1. 1 Daniel
    July 1, 2019 at 5:05 pm

    Our entire nation is being run by a bunch of corrupt criminals! One law for them, another for the 99% of us.
    Direct action is way overdue.
    Personally I would quite happily throw them all to the lions.
    Andy Wightman is obviously a good and decent man and we need another hundred like him to speak up.

  2. 2 Dougie
    July 1, 2019 at 5:59 pm

    Andy’s heart is in the right place. Unfortunately, reviews, enquiries, meetings, presentations are about all that can be expected from the Sc. Gov. Their party colour is very appropriate. A yellow backed lily livered bunch.

  3. July 1, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    SGA apologist on the radio….” wildlife crime is reducing….” . “If it ever happens we take firm action…”, in the last seven years we have expelled seven members for wildlife crime offences”

    Sorry dimwit but that does not sound like your problem is going away….it sounds like a persistent ongoing issue of criminality within your trade. What an admission. To make matters worse, SGA operate under the standard of “even if you get caught out, if you dont get found guilty, nothing happened”.

  4. 4 Ron Bury
    July 1, 2019 at 11:02 pm

    Email sent.

  5. 6 Mairi L
    July 2, 2019 at 7:41 am

    Have sent an e-mail, but don’t hold out any hope of it even being read. Sent one last week to Roseanna Cunningham and haven’t even had an acknowledgement. If they can’t even be bothered to do that, well….

  6. 7 AnMac
    July 2, 2019 at 10:11 am

    Letter sent to First Minister today. Absolutely shocking and to think 18th April was my birthday


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