It's astonishing and very humbling to see that my petition to stop the killing of English Ravens is fast approaching the 50,000 signature landmark.
When it emerged that Natural England had been issuing licences to farmers granting them permission to kill this iconic - and protected - species, there was a surge of opposition from the general public.
A banal statement I received from Natural England back in August left me feeling less than impressed with their concern for the growing public outrage at their actions.
So I have again contacted them (together with Defra) and asked them for a statement - a copy of my correspondence is reproduced below.
The signatories of this petition deserve a considered and intelligent response to their genuine consternation at the government-sanctioned threat to this much loved bird.
I'll keep you all posted - meanwhile please continue to share the petition far and wide.
"Further to my correspondence of July and August, I am once again writing to you with regard to a petition calling for an end to the issuing of licences to kill Ravens in England.
The petition has now received more than 41,000 signatures and is continuing to gain huge support via social media and coverage in the press.
As we approach the 50,000 signature landmark, I am contacting you for a statement that I can pass on to the supporters of the cause. I feel that with such strong public feeling over this, it would be in your interest to acknowledge the concerns of so many citizens and to recognise that people do not accept any cull of a protected species, especially given that there appears to be little or no evidence to support the claims that Ravens kill farm animals - the primary reason given for issuing licences to kill the birds.
We await your prompt and considered reply"
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