Rabbits To Be Culled For 'Eating Wreaths' At Scottish Cemetery - Pigeons Should Be Next Says Councillor
"Rabbits running riot" in Border town.... local council says it will kill "as many as possible"....
A cull of wild rabbits is about to begin in the Scottish town of Jedburgh as locals have complained about them eating graveside flowers at the town's Castlewood cemetery.
The rabbits are being blamed for damaging wreaths and 'running riot' - in spite of the fact that the cemetery might have more important issues to deal with than flower munching bunnies - parts of the cemetery appear to be in a sorry state with several gravestones toppled and neglected. One wonders whether the council are trying to distract attention from the poor condition of the cemetery by highlighting the 'rampaging' rabbits.
Typically it seems that wildlife is being made a scapegoat for an ineffective council. There is a growing intolerance of nature in towns and cities, especially it would appear in Scotland at the moment (see my other blog posts about Scottish Natural Heritage).
Killing rabbits is not going to solve the problem of poor management - it just highlights the ignorant perception of some short-sighted councils and a foolish disregard for nature. Urban green spaces such as cemeteries are an important habitat for native wildlife and should not become killing fields.
Kill "as many rabbits as possible"....
Local Jedburgh councillor Sandy Scott announced at a recent meeting that the council will "arrange for Surekill to come in and euthanise the bunnies.”
A statement from council officers suggests that the pest control company would kill "as many rabbits as possible".
That's some boast isn't it....
Meanwhile another Jedburgh community councillor Graham Hayward has called for a cull of pigeons in this wildlife intolerant town.
Perhaps Jedburgh is set to become the UK's first nature-free zone. It seems that might be what they aspire to.
Meanwhile Jedburgh's rabbits will soon be gone and the town's cemetery will be devoid of life, something apparently the locals would deem appropriate.
What will be next? Those pesky birds in the trees? The trees themselves?
What a sad reflection on a very sad town.
Jedburgh. Where once was life.....
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