Politicians from the European Union have introduced a new law obliging the United Kingdom, Ireland and Italy to organise the killing of hundreds of thousands of grey squirrels, every year from 2016, using methods that include poisoning, bludgeoning to death or trapping and shooting.
This horrid and inhumane “programme” is to be sponsored from the money of taxpayers from all EU countries.
Killing squirrels is to be conducted even in the time of year when females nurse their dependent kittens. Killing thousands of nursing females will cause tens of thousands of baby squirrels starve to death over several days. Starving animals is a torture in breach of animal welfare standards of the World Organisation for Animal Health.
As with the badger cull there is no logic in the squirrel cull and the only beneficiaries of such “programs” are people in the commercial business of killing wild animals.Representatives of animal welfare organisations, like Mimi Bekhechi (director of PETA UK) and Andrew Tyler (director of Animal Aid), have stated many times that killing grey squirrels is an inhumane, ecologically and socially damaging practice, and is an absolutely pointless cruelty waged against beautiful animals.
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Animal rights activists also draw attention to the fact that although scientific research has dispelled myths about grey squirrels, those myths are still used and grey squirrels are being demonised by people and groups who benefit from killing wild animals, to “justify” the killing.
Rob Atkinson (the head of wildlife science at the RSPCA) condemned the killing of grey squirrels as pointless and ethically dubious. He rightly pointed out that until recently the problems alleged to be caused by grey squirrels were blamed on red squirrels who were then demonised to “justify” their killing.
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This article was first published by Dr Amelia Roberts, Jojo Huxster on the PetitionSite.com
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