Following on from the controversy in July when an Irish council leader in Limerick called for ‘open season’ on hen harriers (see here), another group in Ireland, this time in Galway, is now encouraging illegal activity against this protected species.
The following piece was published yesterday on the Barroughter & Clonmoylan Bogs Action Group’s Facebook page:
This particular group of Irish peat cutters is very familiar with controversy – see here.
It’s unclear why this group detests the hen harrier – it’s not as though there is the usual perceived conflict between the hen harrier and game-shooting interests – although perhaps their last sentence reveals the root cause of their issue, not dissimilar to Councillor Sheahan’s arguments back in July.
UPDATE 11pm: The peat cutters’ Facebook page (where the above article was posted) has been virtually under seige today by many many people posting comments in condemnation of hen harrier persecution. The volume and strength of feeling has resulted in the peat cutters removing their original post. Great to see so many people respond – there is hope!
Also today, The National Trust for Ireland issued a strong statement condemning the peat cutters’ position on hen harriers (see here).