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RSPB denounces Scottish landowners call for raptor cull

09/05/2011 23:01:58
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SRBPA hopes to be able to cull buzzards and other raptors.

The Scottish Rural Property and Business Association plans to cull raptors

May 2011. Scottish landowners have asked the new Scottish Government to allow the culling of some protected birds of prey to protect their grouse shoots.

The Scottish Rural Property and Business Association (SRPBA) says it wants the SNP government to give them permission to kill more common species of protected birds such as buzzards and ravens.

A spokesman for RSPB Scotland said: "We reject this call by the SRPBA absolutely. Most of the bird of prey populations in our countryside are still recovering from historic persecution, and are consequently extremely vulnerable. Any licences to kill them would jeopardise that ongoing recovery. Furthermore, it would be an admission of defeat in the face of persistent serious organised criminal activity. It is essential that the law is upheld and those who continue to flout it are prosecuted."

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