EDINBURGH, Scotland, May 21 (UPI) — A group of more than 200 Scottish landowners Friday called for vigorous prosecution of those responsible for illegal poisonings of eagles and other birds.
Those signing the letter include the dukes of Westminster, Roxburghe, Argyll and Buccleuch and six other members of the nobility, The Scotsman reports. They called for the “full weight of the law” to be used against anyone suspected of bird poisoning.
“It is widely recognized that wildlife management is a complex business that continually throws up new challenges but nothing can justify illegal activity,” the letter said. “It is for us a straightforward decision to underline our view of illegal poisoning. Frankly, we condemn it out of hand and it has to stop.”
The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds reports at least 27 were killed last year in 22 incidents involving poison. They included a sea eagle, a bird that has been reintroduced in Scotland after being hunted to extinction in the British Isles.
In early May, the carcasses of three golden eagles, a sparrow hawk and a buzzard were found near Skibo Castle in Sutherland, and a sea eagle was found dead on the Glenogil estate.
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