Man receives prison time for killing eagle, but not in the UK

News from the United States this week demonstrated the best way to handle raptor killers, when a court Judge in Iowa  handed down a jail term for the  intentional killing of  a bald -eagle. The sentence was immediately followed by a huge cheer from watches inside the court. The judgement handed down by the judge sent a clear message that killing protected birds of prey will not be tolerated.

Jason John Thomas, 36, of What Cheer, Iowa was sentenced by District Court Judge John A. Jarvey to 60 days in prison for taking and possessing a bald eagle, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt.

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One American District Court Judge sends the correct message to raptor killers in Iowa, sixty days in prison, a $2000 fine and 80 hours community service. Why do our raptor killers get off almost scot free?

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“Green” Hypocrisy: RSPB Fiddles as Scotland’s Wind Farms Found Guilty of Rampant Raptor Slaughter

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Centuries from now – archaeologists and palaeontologists will be sifting through what were communities of isolated-candle-lit hovels and find the remains of the 21st Century greentards and ecofascists that ended up living in the Stone Age poverty that they were ready to foist upon everybody else.

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The time to save the hen harrier is now, says RSPB

RSPB Media RELEASE

The RSPB is today urging Defra to publish the workable elements of the Hen Harrier Action Plan, which the Society believes could bring about the recovery of one of England’s most beleaguered birds of prey.

However, the RSPB is also highlighting its rejection of one point of the six-point plan, known as brood management, as the Society believes that immediate removal of chicks from the wild and rearing them in aviaries is unacceptable and legally ambiguous. As the RSPB’s position on this issue has been widely misrepresented, the RSPB’s full view is set out here.

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Wings in the wind by Rachel French

A step away from the book reviews for one post, another review coming up very soon but in the meantime, back to a raptor topic! I’ve just received a copy of the quarterly Falconers and Raptor Conservation Magazine for which I wrote an article a good few years back. I met the editor himself whilst working as ranger and guide at Mull Eagle Watch this season and was asked to write something to follow up on my raptor persecution article. Of course I did so and am now thrilled to see it published in the Autumn edition. I thought I’d share it with everyone else, as falconry and raptor conservation isn’t a magazine on the regular shelf. Hope you enjoy this one, and feedback/comments would be appreciated.

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Just a wee snap from the phone of the magazine

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Great news for migratory birds as two historic global agreements are reached to help save them

RSPB Media Release

Two historic global agreements that will help save migratory bird species across the world were reached this weekend.

Yesterday [Sunday 9 November] the Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) agreed a set of guidelines to tackle causes of poisoning and ratified a groundbreaking Action Plan to save more than 400 bird species.

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Birds and Windfarms

 


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IMMEDIATE MEDIA RELEASE

Nov. 10th, 2014

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In an article published in the Guardian on November 7th, the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) is quoted saying that since 1980, across 25 European countries, house sparrow numbers have declined by 147 million, a 62% drop to 90 million.  According to the same report, starlings have fallen by 45 million, down to 40 million. As for Skylarks, their population went down by 37 million, to 43 million today. Says the author of the article, “It’s principally agricultural intensification that is behind the crisis.” (1)

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Gamekeeper’s conviction for poisoning birds of prey ‘a wake-up call’, warns judge

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The fine handed down equates to a value  of £84.50 per bird
A Norfolk gamekeeper intentionally poisoned ten buzzards plus one sparrowhawk and only received a 10 week suspended sentence plus a  fine of £930.  The conviction of Allen Lambert for deliberately killing 10 buzzards and a sparrowhawk should act as a “wake up call” to landowners, district judge Peter Veits said. The judge also commented that Lambert had crossed the line but failed to send the gamekeeper to prison. Just how many protected birds does someone have to kill before a custodial sentence is handed down?

Malta:Coalition for the Abolition of Spring Hunting replies to objections in court

The Coalition for the Abolition of Spring Hunting in Malta have submitted their replies to the objections filed last month in the Constitutional Court.

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Photo: Turtle Doves by David Tipling.

“The replies are presented by the proposers of an abrogative referendum to abolish Spring Hunting to respond to objections filed by representatives of the FKNK (Federation for Hunting and Conservation) Mr Perici Calascione and Mr Farrugia, as well as separate replies to respond to the objections presented by representatives of KSU (Kaccaturi San Ubertu) Mr Mifsud Bonnici, Mr Zammit and Mr Xuereb,” the Coalition said in its statement this afternoon.

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RSPB reinforces challenge to shooting community after Norfolk gamekeeper sentenced

An RSPB challenge to leaders in the shooting community to acknowledge and take action against illegal bird of prey persecution has been reinforced after a Norfolk gamekeeper was today, 6 November, handed a 10-week suspended sentence and ordered to pay £930 prosecution costs in Norwich Magistrates Court after being found guilty on two counts and pleading guilty to five charges relating to illegal bird of prey persecution in October.

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Gamekeeper given suspended sentence and ordered to pay £930 for killing all these birds of prey. Was  this justice or a reward? 

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Norfolk Gamekeeper Allen Lambert of Stody Estate due to be sentenced today

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Analysis found the birds had been poisoned with a pesticide

Allen Lambert convicted of what wildlife groups are calling the worst case of bird of prey poisoning recorded in England will be sentenced today.

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