Terrible news from Scotland this week with the revelation that thousands of 'protected' ravens might already have been culled under special licences granted by Scottish Natural Heritage.
SNH has approved licences which permitted the mass killing of more than 3,000 of the ravens since 2016, and has given its blessing to the extermination of 1,082 this year alone.
The distressing news comes after 100,000 people signed a petition calling on SNH to rethink its proposal last month to cull hundreds of the protected birds on a single estate in Perthshire for 'research' purposes - but many people have been deeply shocked to learn that thousands of Scottish ravens have probably been killed already.
Following a series of Parliamentary questions, it emerged that licences had been routinely issued for the mass killing of the birds, in spite of their protected status under the Wildlife & Countryside Act .
The news which was highlighted by Scottish animal welfare charity OneKind, has been greeted with horror by conservationists.
OneKind's director Harry Huyton said of the revelation "We are shocked to find that so many ravens are being routinely killed across Scotland. Ravens are supposedly a protected species, recovering after a long history of persecution. Yet instead of celebrating the recovery of these intelligent and charismatic birds, it appears that they are being routinely killed, with the approval of Scottish Natural Heritage......it is about time Scottish Natural Heritage explained why they are content with the mass killing of these creatures."
And with Scottish Natural Heritage now refusing to reconsider the proposed cull in Perthshire, in spite of massive public outrage, it seems that even the demands of an appalled public cannot save the ravens from the callous SNH.
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