This golden eagle was seen flying over the village of Crathie, which borders the edge of the Balmoral estate in Aberdeenshire (Police Scotland), “‘Sickening’: Golden eagle spotted near royal family’s Balmoral estate with illegal trap attached to legs – ‘Absolutely clear this incident is a result of criminality’, says RSPB, as focus on raptor persecution increases at start of grouse shooting season,” The Independent, 14 August 2019
We have seen the illegal persecution/attrition of birds of prey reported in the past weeks – “87 bird crime incidents last year and just one conviction, says RSPB,” The Guardian, 29 August 2019 – the incidents were mostly recorded in upland areas where land is managed for driven grouse shooting.
Even those caught and successfully prosecuted avoid any serious penalty or deterrent – “Scottish gamekeeper who killed protected birds of prey avoids jail,” The Guardian, 19 August 2019
Therefore, Wild Justice’s campaign to limit the driven grouse shooting activities is welcomed:
Petition to the UK Government (UK Citizens Only) – “Ban Driven Grouse Shooting – Wilful blindness is no longer an option”
There is another way the so-called ‘sport’ can be tolerated perhaps, that reduces the negative impacts of industrial scale production for driven grouse hunting – “Eagles need to eat too’: grouse moors take new approach to shooting Big Highland estates turn away from driven shooting in the name of rewilding,” The Guardian, 11 August 2019
“Scottish grouse moor owners face mandatory licensing,” The Guardian, 19 December 2019
“Defra to review release of game birds after legal threat,” The Guardian, 12 September 2019 – another legal case pursued by Wild Justice