RSPB Gets Angry Over Birds of Prey Killings
The RSPB has expressed anger over the recent spate of illegal bird killings in the Tayside area of Scotland. A total of 14 incidents were reported in the area over 12 months up towards March of this year. Many killings, however, are often left unreported and therefore the RSPB believes that the statistics underestimate the scale of the problem. Despite many attempts by authorities to stop the killing of birds of prey – which usually involves lethal poisons – there has been no reverse in the trend. Says RSPB Scotland officer Ian Thomson says “There is a real shortage of birds of prey [in the area] and there shouldn’t be.
"These birds should be there and yet they are not. We are detecting an unknown proportion of the overall picture. All the science and all the statistics suggest that we are finding much less than what is really happening.
"For example, every year on average a golden eagle dies.
"Last year, however, was particularly bad with four found dead — although I must add that none was in the Perthshire or Tayside area.
"There is still a problem with the illegal killing of wild birds."
The RSPB said the animal deaths are added to the "catalogue of shame" documenting the last two decades of relentless human killing of Scotland's protected bird of prey species.