Raptors: Restrictions on suspected wildlife criminals proposed for Scotland

Alex Hogg: Measures could have 'serious unintended consequences'

Alex Hogg:  Scottish Government Measures could have ‘serious unintended consequences’

Environment minister Paul Wheelhouse, of Ayton, Berwickshire, said: “The illegal persecution of raptors is totally unacceptable and barbaric given that birds typically suffer greatly when they are illegally killed. It is roundly condemned by all responsible land managers and those in the conservation community.

“I am both angry and very frustrated that a criminal minority continues to kill and persecute these magnificent birds for their own selfish ends.”

General licences allow landowners or land managers to control certain types of birds for conservation purposes or to protect crops or livestock, actions which would otherwise be illegal.

1 comment to Raptors: Restrictions on suspected wildlife criminals proposed for Scotland

  • nirofo

    Let’s hope they start to make a few examples out of the wildlife persecuting habitual offenders, we shouldn’t have to wait too long before the first spate of persecution incidents, the people who carry out these distasteful illegal acts can’t help themselves.

    Paul Wheelhouse says he is angry and frustrated that a “criminal minority” continues to kill and persecute these magnificent birds for their own selfish ends. I wonder how angry and frustrated he would really feel if he knew the true extent of the killing and persecution of these magnificent birds at the hands of the criminal “CRIMINAL MAJORITY”, not the watered down and whitewashed version of information presented to him to hide the true facts.