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    RSPB call for tougher laws on bird killings

    NewsBirds of Prey NewsTuesday 30 November 2010
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    The Scottish parliament were handed a petition which was signed by over 21,500 people

    The Scottish parliament were handed a petition which was signed by over 21,500 people to try and gain tougher laws to protect more birds of prey from being shot.

    The RSPB started the petition to protect birds including golden eagles, red kites and hen harriers.

    RSPB director Stuart Housden said: "The huge response we have had just shows that many, many people in Scotland, like us, are rightly appalled that birds of prey continue to be illegally killed in our countryside."

    The aim of the petition is to ideally urge each police force to have a full-time wildlife co-ordinator to deal with all crimes related to animals and show that these crimes are taken extremely seriously.

    It is thought that over 400 protected birds were either shot or poisoned illegally in the past decade, something which this petition aims to eradicate.

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