The ‘raptor haters?’ is an occasional series of posts about those who slag off raptors.
Lord Tebbit was a pilot and therefore could be expected to have empathy with those with mastery of the air. He also has sound environmental transport credentials having recommended that people get on their bikes.
How sad then, to discover such an environmental champion stating ‘Predator birds need not absolute protection, which would make them a pest in their own right, but sensibly managed culling too, or we will lose many native birds.‘
As usual these sentiments are mixed up with a dislike of NGOs and a strange view of the reality of ecology.
Previous candidates as raptor haters have been Simon Jenkins (but see here), Robin Page, Richard Ingrams, Magnus Linklater (see also his Guest Blog) and Sir Max Hastings. It is also an excellent chapter (Chapter 11) in Fighting for Birds.
Do you see any common thread (I mistyped ‘threat’ here and wondered whether to leave it unchanged) emerging from these candidates? If you would like to nominate a candidate for ‘raptor haters?’ then please let me know. A female left-wing raptor hater would be particularly welcome to demonstrate how balanced this blog is and how widespread are the feelings highlighted in this occasional series of articles.
John Armitage’s e-petition on licensing grouse moors passed 8,400 signatures yesterday – please sign here. We can assume that Lord Tebbit will abstain.