This post was going to be a rant about Tory toffs and the unbelievable news that the Governments` Wildlife Minister (a millionaire land owner that just so happens to include a shooting estate) was proposing to licence the destruction of Buzzard nests and to bring adult birds into captivity around shooting estates.
Instead, it is a post about how the great British public have once again made the government have a re-think about a proposed policy. Today the RSPB released the following;
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday 30 May, 2012
THE PUBLIC STEPS UP
The RSPB is pleased that an outpouring of public concern for
a much-loved bird has encouraged Richard Benyon - the Wildlife Minister - to
drop proposals to licence the destruction of buzzard nests and to bring adult
buzzards into captivity around shooting estates.
Martin Harper is the RSPB's
conservation director. He said: "We're pleased the minister has listened to
people's concerns and acted in the public interest by cancelling this project.
This is a strong decision, reflecting the strength of the nation's desire to see
Government protecting precious wildlife.
"The recovery of the buzzard is
being celebrated by the public after many decades of persecution. It is clear
they don't want their taxes being spent on removing buzzards and the Government
has to ensure that no bird of prey will be killed in the name of sport.
don't want anything to distract Defra from the pressing task of saving our
threatened wildlife. It should be putting its limited resources into areas such
as preventing the extinction of hen harriers in England.
research has already concluded that illegal persecution is limiting the
populations of golden eagle and hen harrier. The RSPB believes there are
well-tried non-lethal solutions to reducing impacts of buzzards at pheasant
Hurrah for People Power!