Birds of Prey Killings On Rise In Finland
The Finnish Museum of Natural History has claimed that more birds of prey are being killed every year in the Scandinavian country. According to Jari Valkama of the museum, nests have been destroyed and protected birds found dead across Finland. The crimes often remain unresolved, because evidence is hard to find.
The start of the summer has seen stark stories of hatred against birds of prey. There have been cases all over the country: dead golden eagles in Ylitornio, goshawks shot in Sonkajärvi, and eagle owls chicks killed in Häme. Many believe that hunters are responsible for the rise in killings but the Hunters Union has rejected this claim. Killing a protected bird is a crime punishable by fines and compensation payable to the state. The problem is not that the penalties are too light, but that police resources are too scarce to investigate the crimes.