According to a Care2 petition, Scottish Natural Heritage is allowing amateur hunters to take part in deer culls with the result that a number of deer are injured, rather than killed, and left to die a slow, painful death; in addition, many fawns are being left orphaned because the amateur hunters have shot their mothers.
Regardless of your opinion about the culling of deer (as this is an “action alert”, I will not go into my views on the topic in this posting), the animal welfare issue created by the amateur hunters should not be ignored, therefore, please sign the petition telling Scottish Natural Heritage not to allow such hunters to cull deer. Thank you.
The Scotsman reports that despite objections from wind farm developers, Scottish breeding sites for golden eagles are to be given special protection.
Whilst I am a supporter of renewable energy, I also believe we must not loose sight of other issues – in this case, the welfare of golden eagles. Thankfully, the Scottish Government has granted special protection status for the golden eagle at six sites covering more than 350,000 hectares. The move will add some 80 additional breeding territories into the current network of eight sites in northern and western Scotland.