Farmers will be allowed to shoot protected Ravens in England it has been announced. Natural England, the Government sponsored wildlife agency, has issued licences for the cull in spite of widespread public outrage when similar permissions were given to kill Ravens in Scotland earlier this year.
The birds, which are only now beginning to recover from long term decline, remain a very rare species with an estimated population of less than 8,000 pairs in the whole of the UK.
According to farmers, the Ravens attack lambs and piglets which they say justifies the new move to shoot the birds.
Although it is clearly terrible to hear accounts of Ravens killing lambs, one does have to point out the hypocrisy when the same lambs are destined to suffer a similar fate at the hands of humans a little further down the line anyway....
The move to cull these magnificent birds raises many questions about the government's commitment to conservation and preserving wildlife. They point out that the numbers of birds shot will be "strictly limited". Of course that will depend on the integrity of the farmers.
A statement issued by Natural England (quoted in the Sunday Times) claims that "The number of birds killed......won't harm the improving conservation of this species." They are either so naïve as to believe their own claim or they are attempting to pacify an already furious public with hollow reassurances that will do nothing to improve their already tarnished reputation. They are, after all, the same people who sanctioned a free-for-all nationwide badger killing spree.
I've set up a petition to persuade the government to think again and revoke the licences.
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