Alison Johnstone Lothian MSP speaks out on Pentlands poisoned peregrine

October 10, 2018

Alison JohnstoneToday Alison Johnstone MSP for Lothian was so appalled about of the male peregrine falcon  found poisoned in the Pentland in May issued the attached statement.

Peregrine falcon found dead in the Pentland Hills

I am deeply saddened that yet another bird of prey has been illegally killed in the Pentland hills, just a few miles from the city of Edinburgh. Scotland’s birds of prey are supposedly protected, yet persecution is rife and rarely met with justice.

That a protected species could be killed using a deadly poison in a regional park that is visited by over half a million people every year is shocking. I will be asking questions of the Scottish Government and Police Scotland to get to the bottom of this failure to protect our wildlife and the public. But it also raises a wider disregard for the law amongst certain parts of the land management community that the Scottish Government is failing to counter effectively. We urgently need to see wildlife crime taken seriously and backed up with sufficient resources and tougher penalties.

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