Dear Mr Cantlay
Everyone makes mistakes, but I’m surprised that SNH has made this one. I’m also surprised that it hasn’t corrected it after a week of public outcry over your decision to license a mass cull of Ravens.
SNH’s decision has damaged Scotland’s environmental reputation at a time when the Scottish Government has in many ways, been streets ahead of the Conservative adminstration south of the border. This mass cull is not good science and it’s not good nature conservation – and it is awful publicity for Scotland. I see that you were chair of ‘Visit Scotland’ and therefore you must realise that the illegal persecution of wildlife is an issue which prevents many of us from spending more time in Scotland (and spending our money there). SNH’s decision is irrational, unscientific and quite honestly makes it look as though a statutory agency is in the pockets of the game-shooting industries which do such harm to Scotland’s repuation.
I’ve signed the online petition which has now passed 15,000 UK signatures in just a few days and is approaching 50,000 signatures worldwide.
I would ask you to ensure that SNH reverses this decision. And I’d like a reply to this email please.
And just in case you think that this storm will blow over soon, may I advise you that it most certainly will not. SNH made a mistake in granting this licence, it then made a further (probably more foolish one) in refusing to react properly to the public outcry, and any further failure to act is just digging a deeper hole in which SNH’s reputation can be buried.
Hardly anyone outside of Scotland had heard of SNH before this decision – now you are well-known for all the wrong reasons.
Dr Mark Avery