EXPOSED: RSPB caught in bed with pro hunt partners when it's supposed to be protecting wildlife!

Discussion in 'Home Networking' started by Alan Hill., Jan 14, 2008.

  1. Alan Hill.

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    For many years Animal Rights advocates have tried to expose the truth
    that CONservation hooligans were coining it in at the taxpayers
    expense in grants and public donations supposedly to protect wildlife,
    but were in fact killing animals and often partnered by pro hunt
    groups. Well now the truth is out.

    RSPB hands out licence that lets nature reserve visitors kill up to 10
    birds a day for sport
    Last updated at 11:36am on 11th January 2008

    A bird charity has raised eyebrows by letting ducks and geese be shot
    on a nature reserve.

    The RSPB hands out shooting licences on its land at Langstone Harbour,
    near Portsmouth, Hants, where wildfowlers can kill up to 10 birds a
    day - for sport.

    The shooting has been allowed for years, but was only revealed when a
    pellet-riddled duck carcass was found by a walker.

    The charity today defended its decision, saying shoots are very
    carefully monitored and the alternative would be to have illegal
    poachers causing havoc.

    But wildlife lovers say it is against what the RSPB stands for -
    protecting birds.

    Barry Hugill, from the League Against Cruel Sports, said: "I find it
    exceedingly distasteful. It's a wildlife sanctuary.

    "How on earth can it be a sanctuary if someone is going to come and
    kill the birds that are resident there simply because they enjoy
    killing things?

    "I think it's scandalous and I do hope the RSPB will reconsider their

    Keen twitcher and conservationist Robert Hill, who discovered a dead
    widgeon duck covered in pellet wounds, is horrified.

    There are signs up in Langstone Harbour saying wildfowling takes
    place, but he said it has never been publicly announced.

    There is no mention of the shooting licences on the RSPB's website.

    Mr Hill, 43, of Waterlooville, Hants, said: "I don't think it's
    acceptable. It's a blood sport.

    "I can't see any justification for it. It's a macho, egotistical, self
    gratifying act and I think it's disgusting.

    "No-one owns wildlife. These poor animals come in for sanctuary and
    end up getting blown out of the air."

    Local wildfowling group, the Langstone & District Wildfowlers &
    Conservation Association, has had shooting rights on the land since
    1979 and wildfowling has taken place in the harbour since the 1600s.

    They are allowed to shoot between September and January on two of five
    islands in Langstone Harbour, which can be accessed by walking across
    the mudflats, and on saltmarshes at the northeast of Farlington

    At the end of each month they have to report every bird shot to the
    RSPB so bird levels can be monitored.

    They must not shoot more than 10 birds each in one day, but in reality
    the club's members say they have only killed a handful of birds
    between them since September.

    Chris Cockburn, RSPB warden for Langstone harbour, said: "If
    wildfowling was banned the only way we could make it work would be by
    policing it.

    "The reality is that would be very difficult whereas by licensing it
    we are effectively controlling the amount of shooting that can occur.

    "At the moment the controls in place are pretty stringent. The
    alternative to the situation we have is grim.

    "Poaching would be disastrous for the harbour. It would be disastrous
    for the bird populations."

    He said one of the rules is that wildfowlers must always have a dog
    with them, which would usually collect up any dead birds.

    He added: "The RSPB does not have any axe to grind against any sport
    unless it affects the conservation issues and then we would be very
    much against it."

    Nick Horten, from the wildfowlers association, said the group carries
    out huge amounts of conservation work in the area and is extremely
    careful about the types of birds they shoot.

    All members are vetted by the police and must train for a year before
    they are allowed to shoot alone.

    He said: "We have been a tenant of the RSPB which is the foremost bird
    conservation group for 30 years and if they had the slightest concern
    about the way we conduct ourselves they would have thrown us off years

    Wildfowlers also defended their sport saying it is more humane to eat
    a shot duck than a battery farmed chicken.

    Nick Horten shoots with the Langstone club and like most wildfowlers
    eats all the birds he shoots.

    He said: "I prefer to go and shoot a duck that's led a completely wild
    life and that has never been contained or mistreated like a battery

    "It's the healthiest food you can get. It dies very quickly. I don't
    have a problem with causing its demise.

    "I'm not hypocritical like people who rant against wildfowlers but
    then go to the supermarket and buy a battery chicken."

    He said as with other wildfowling groups his does a lot of manual work
    to preserve the harbour area and he said the club's wardens are
    regularly out and about looking out for people shooting illegally.

    When they spot poachers they report them to the police so they can be
    prosecuted. Three were recently spotted on Farlington Marshes and

    David Knowles, regional director of the British Association for
    Shooting and Conservation, said wildfowling clubs all work very
    closely with conservation bodies to preserve natural areas and often
    wildfowlers are bird lovers as well.

    He said: "Very few birds are actually shot. It's a very sustainable

    "There are tens of thousands of widgeon around the south coast and
    probably no more than 300 are shot each year."

    Only certain species of bird are legally allowed to be shot in
    Langstone Harbour by those with a licence. Others, such as Brent
    Geese, are protected

    More details about the RSPB and other CONservation hooligans can be
    seen at

    THIS is where our donations are really going and I for one will no
    longer be supporting them.
    Alan Hill., Jan 14, 2008
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  2. Alan Hill.

    Guest Guest

    Sounds fair enough to me - so what is the problem? Looks to be a reasonable solution.

    I've been given a couple of ducks someone I know has shot - they're in our freezer,
    they'll be eaten, and will help to feed us. (Actually done in a slow cooker they are

    This seems to be more environmentally friendly than rearing thousands of chickens in
    a heated "factory", where the carbon emissions from the heating and lighting, and
    suffering of the birds, is essentially unjustifiable.

    Long live shooting, and well done to the RSPB for a sensible approach. I for one will
    be happy to continue supporting their superb efforts.
    Guest, Jan 23, 2008
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