This morning’s blog has attracted lots of comments – as raptor-related blogs almost always do.
If you feel strongly about this issue then why not write to your MP about it. There is an excellent letter in the comments to this morning’s blog (by MK) to his (her? I suspect his) MP Alistair Burt (who is the MP whose constituency includes the RSPB HQ of Sandy, and who is an extremely nice man).
But here is my letter to my relatively new MP, Andy Sawford.
Happy New Year!
You may have seen coverage in today’s Independent newspaper of the potential funding threat to the National Wildlife Crime Unit (http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/wildlife-crime-unit-faces-extinction-over-funding-crisis-8437875.html?origin=internalSearch).
Early Day Motion 603 refers to this matter and has so far been signed by 108 MPs. I am asking you to add your name to this EDM.
At present 62 Labour MPs compared with 4 Conservative MPs have signed the EDM.
This is an issue for us here in Corby and East Northants as well as nationally. The magnificent red kites which soar over Corby, Oundle, Raunds and Thrapston are still too often killed by illegal poisoning, just as hen harriers and golden eagles are threatened in the uplands of Britain. We need to do a lot more to protect our native and cherished wildlife so cutting off funding from the National Wildlife Crime Unit would be just playing into the hands of criminals.
If you are not prepared to sign this EDM I would like to hear a full explanation for your reasons but I very much hope that you will.