Thousands of wild animals ‘slaughtered’ every year to protect shooting for sport on grouse moors

Thousands of wild animals ‘slaughtered’ every year to protect shooting for sport on grouse moors

An Oxford-led academic study has claimed a staggering 260,000 animals are killed in Scotland every year to protect the grouse population for shooting on country estates. They said the practice of using traps to cull predators on Scottish moors causes “tremendous, unjustifiable suffering” to creatures and must be fully banned. Animals targeted include foxes, weasels, […]

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Extinction clock ticking for the capercaillie with less than 500 in the wild, warn experts

Extinction clock ticking for the capercaillie with less than 500 in the wild, warn experts

Capercaillie numbers have been falling for decades and despite repeated attempts to boost the population it can now only be found in the Highlands. Experts from the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) said that when surveys started in 1991, capercaillie numbered approximately 2,200 birds, spread from Argyll and Perthshire to the south and west […]

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Why are people poisoning Britain’s sea eagles when they are such a wonderful sight?

Why are people poisoning Britain’s sea eagles when they are such a wonderful sight?

A beautiful white-tailed eagle has once again been a familiar sight for those fortunate enough to live in the flight path of eagles recently introduced to the Isle of Wight. Thousands of Britons have witnessed and heard the gigantic two-metre wings beating overhead, as well as the cruel-beaked birds diving for fish in spectacular fashion. […]

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