What do robins, badgers and buzzards have in common? They’re all on the Tories’ kill list

Raptor Politics touched on this particular subject last week. However a new article written by Patrick Barkham and published this week  in the Guardian adds more spice to Tory objectives.


Buzzard with a broken leg, the result of being shot . The Government’s wildlife advisor Natural England are now provided limited licenses allowing these protected birds and their nest to be destroyed to protect an alien species, pheasants!

Britain’s wildlife is trapped between traditional Tories and their neoliberal counterparts, who think any green regulation a burden. Robins. Starlings. Pied wagtails. Badgers. Herring gulls. Buzzards. Cormorants. Grey squirrels. Foxes. The kill list created by the UK government is getting so long it is starting to look like the work of a psychopath. What can be compelling the coalition to be so brutal?

The biggest challenge for nature lovers remains all the things that we and our politicians are not doing – our passivity when faced with habitat loss and climate change, which is creating a sixth great wave of extinction. But confronting these profound problems is more difficult when conservationists are forced to perpetually fight off the steps the government is taking to exterminate specific species. But what are the official reasons for each slaughter?

Read what Patrick Barkham had to say here.

1 comment to What do robins, badgers and buzzards have in common? They’re all on the Tories’ kill list

  • michael coleman

    Leave the wildlife alone most are there for a reason not the wildlife that needs culling its the government.

    Editor’s Comment. In the next general election 2015, very good chance the Tory administration will be shown the door.