Scottish Landowners Demand Right To Kill Protected Birds
Landowners in Scotland have called on the UK Government to allow the killing of protected birds of prey in their lands, so as to safeguard lucrative game shoots held on their property. SRPBA – the Scottish Rural Property and Business Association – wants the new Scottish Nationalist Party administration of Scotland, voted in just last week, to grant licenses allowing the killing of protected birds such as ravens and buzzards. However, activists such as the RSPB have claimed that this is a “bizarre” suggestion, and that no birds should be killed in the name of sport. Every year up to 30 dead birds – including rare species like golden eagles, red kites and hen harriers, as well as commoner ones – are found in Scotland, and campaigners believe many more corpses are never found.