Mass killings of thousands of healthy animals are being carried out in London's Royal parks and the perpetrators, the park authorities, claim it will 'encourage the wildlife to flourish'. To suggest that the slaughter of animals encourages their well-being is not only incredibly ignorant but also wholly abhorrent.
UK animal rights organisation Animal Aid revealed the extent of wildlife killed in Royal Parks after a freedom of information request and their findings make for depressing reading.
Between January 2013 and January 2017, a total of 8,400 mammals and 3,240 birds were culled in the London parks, which include popular tourist spots such as Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park.
The shocking figures include 3,679 squirrels, 330 foxes, 2,657 rabbits and 1,734 red and fallow deer, 1,221 crows, 268 geese, 382 magpies, 46 jays, 1,025 pigeons, and 298 parakeets.
I have to admit that the sheer scale of this massive culling left me numb. As I've often said, these are supposedly enlightened times for conservation awareness but it would appear that human beings are as callous and uneducated as ever. It sickens me to hear that so many of our cherished and wonderful creatures have been culled and continue to be culled by those who wield the power but apparently have no sense of morality. What's more, they are excusing their barbaric killing spree by describing it as a “careful balancing act”.
Referring to their culls as 'animal management' the parks say that maintaining a diversity of wildlife is at the heart of their work....
So, even with more than 11,000 dead animals and birds on their conscience, it seems that they can carry out their 'work' secure in their twisted belief that killing animals and birds is the best way to 'maintain a diversity of wildlife'.
It makes me especially angry to hear the word 'management' used by those who harm wildlife and the environment as if describing their acts in this way somehow excuses the destruction of nature and the killing of animals.
Says Animal Aid Director, Isobel Hutchinson:
‘These shocking figures reveal the relentless persecution suffered by animals who help to make the Royal Parks such a popular attraction. For many people, visiting a park offers a rare opportunity to see and interact with wild animals. But rather than being cherished and appreciated, as they are by the parks’ visitors, these animals are being callously slaughtered.'
Nearly 100,000 enlightened people have signed a petition calling for the parks to stop killing any more healthy animals. You can find details here:-
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