Dear Mr Cantlay
Your standard letter on the subject of the Raven cull, which I received yesterday, is a poor thing. Whoever drafted it for you isn’t doing a good job. Your letter slides around the subject in a most unappealing manner.
You seem to want to justify the licensing of your Raven cull on the grounds that ‘a lot of killing of corvids goes on by lots of people’. You must know that this does not provide good or legal grounds for such a licence to be issued. If this is all you’ve got then you must revoke the licence.
Your letter provides no evidence that this licence for scientific research is justified on scientific grounds. In fact, we know that the matter has been referred to a scientific committee for its view. Why was this not done before the licence was issued? Anyway, until that committee opines then you cannot have safe scientific grounds for the licensing – so the licence should be revoked.
SNH should revoke the licence.
This is a serious matter and so I am copying this letter to the Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham and by so doing I am asking her to intervene to end this unjustified cull.