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Grey squirrel

January 13, 2015 Leave a comment Go to comments

I was shocked to discover that the Forestry Commission has drawn up new plans obliging UK land owners to kill tens of thousands of grey squirrels each year, using methods which include poisoning them or trapping and shooting them. Landowners will be paid millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money to carry out the cull.

The Forestry Commission says that grey squirrels cause damage to woodlands and threaten native red squirrels. However, the director of Animal Aid has said, “People have been responsible for wiping out the red squirrel, it’s an excuse to blame the grey squirrel. The damage they do is exaggerated.”

Back in 2008 Rob Atkinson, the head of wildlife science at the RSPCA, said: “It’s ethically dubious killing one species for the sake of another. Up until the 1970s you could get a licence to kill red squirrels, so they were the baddies then, now it’s grey squirrels. Apart from all that it doesn’t work. There’s absolutely no point in doing it.”

As with the badger cull there is no logic in the squirrel cull which will cause untold suffering to a much loved animal.

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