Sparrowhawk shot dead in Wrexham

SparhawkWrexhamThe BBC is reporting the fatal shooting of a kestrel in Wrexham, although judging by the photograph it appears the victim was a sparrowhawk, not a kestrel.

The critically injured bird was discovered by a member of the public on Thursday 29th August in Brynhyfryd, Johnstown and it died shortly afterwards.

The RSPCA Cymru are appealing for information. Tel: 0300 1234 999.

BBC News article here

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  1. I dread going on my Hotmail emails each day. It is full of dreadful stories of wolves being slaughtered wholesale in the USA, inspired by that mindset that drove the Native Americans into reservations with a destroyed reason for living, and for the Bison to be almost exterminated. Next, comes up threats to various species, from invertebrates to to whales and elephants. Then, I come to the equivalency here in Bonnie Britain, the unrelenting killing of birds of prey.

    The problem in finding a remedy for this easy-to-get-away-with slaughter, has been the lack of a united front to confront the hierarchy of influence that dominates the countryside of the UK. However, a recent from the RSPB announced the RSPB State of Nature Question Time to be held on Sunday, 15 September in the Hub, 70 Pacific Quay, Glasgow G51 1EA. Baroness Kate Pariminter, co-chair of the Liberal Backbench Committee on the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. RSPB Stuart Housden (Director Scotland) and Dr Mike Clark (Chief Executive) will be there also. The significance of this meeting, is that many of the UK’s wildlife and conservation organisations have joined forces for the first time to undertake a health check of nature in the UK and Overseas Territories. The findings are a dismal warning that those fighting their individual causes to save some part of the natural world or species, have not been effective enough to combat the sheer control of the core political power that serves the developer, the shooters of game, the fish farms, the fishing industry, farming, and anything that promises a few jobs or increases “economic growth”. This Mob has entered animal welfare and wildlife conservation groups on occasions to ensure their respective vested interest.

    I am a member of or donor to, 20 or more conservation and animal welfare organisations, both serving international and UK issues. This has given me a chance to explore the level of awareness of those who work in these organisations. Many of them are young people fresh out of university, or volunteers with a concern for some part of the natural world, but they are completely ignorant of what is going on throughout the battlefield that is modern-day conservation. Up till a few years ago, animal welfare issues and conservation were not recognised as being connected. However, they have become connected and should be marching together to enforce the law more rigorously and to alert the political parties as to mood of the public, and that is for more humane way of managing the country. Worldwide those using the natural environment for a living are not often endowed with the most effective and humane way of doing so, and along with the mineral extractors, biofuel and palm oil providers, are systematically dismantling the whole natural world and reducing diversity of Life. They are aided by the banks and governments. All this involves animal welfare somewhere in the destructive processes in operation. The Great Apes and other primates have been captured and sent to laboratories, or their forests removed. Any animal or bird poisoned or snared will experience pain, so animal welfare is involved. Where animal welfare and conservation issues coincide, then concerted action should follow, and sometimes does so, when the SSPCA/RSPCA can be involved. Each organisation can only act withing the boundaries of charity law, but that should not render them timid. By joining forces with other groups they can be more effective in getting media support and catching political attention.

    The RSPB has a worldwide concern with its projects in Sumatra, Tristan da Cunha, the Albatross project etc., and has made great efforts in the courts to arraign those killing our birds of prey. However, we will never get rid of that element in our society until we get rid of that stranglehold of those obsessed with shooting game birds. That will require a massive and long-lasting joint campaign to get people to lobby their respective political parties to take animal welfare and conservation more seriously. Perhaps Scottish Raptor Persecution will attend the State of Nature Question Time, and ask a few pertinent questions? Someone will need to rock the boat!

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