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  1. We should not forget unprotected wildlife is commonly and legally killed on grouse moors. What a nation of animal lovers we are.

  2. I remember this:
    Statement by Leadhills Estate Following Death of Hen Harrier

    A spokesman for the estate said: “We condemn, in the
    strongest possible terms, all forms of persecution against birds of prey. The manner in which this hen harrier has died is sickening and we want the police to get to the truth of what has happened. We have provided the police with detailed evidence to support their inquiry including evidence of someone we consider to have acted suspiciously on the estate on the date in question.

    “Our gamekeepers are trained to the highest level and know their responsibilities under the law and the standards we expect of them.

    “The estate has conducted a full investigation into the circumstances of this incident and is satisfied that no one from the estate was involved in the illegal setting of these traps. Employees have been individually interviewed by lawyers. This comes in addition to the full cooperation the estate has offered in the police investigation.”

    On the day the hen harrier was found, many estate traps, including fenn traps (the type of trap which the hen harrier was caught
    in) were removed, stolen or vandalised by an unknown third party or third parties. The damage was photographed and the incidents were reported to the police.

    The spokesman continued: “Throughout April and May this year, we reported three separate incidents of theft, vandalism or
    interference to estate traps to police.

    “On the day when the hen harrier was found, Saturday 11 May, legally set cages and traps were checked in the morning without
    incident. Some of the traps require to be checked on a 24 hour basis and when gamekeepers carried out further checks on Sunday 12 May, they discovered a number of Fenn traps vandalised, a number of traps had been stolen and two crow cages had been damaged with the decoy birds let out.

    “This was reported to the police and photographic evidence and grid point references were recorded by the estate.”

    Leadhills said it has experienced repeated cases of trap vandalism and other crimes carried out on the estate over many years which have been very difficult for estate staff to cope with.

    The estate added that it was under intense scrutiny from third parties and recognised the ongoing controversy surrounding moorland management and bird of prey activists.

    The spokesman added: “It is beyond belief that anyone
    associated with the estate would be both naïve and reckless enough to perpetrate a crime such as this.

    “Over recent years, we have had at least three individuals working as raptor monitors on our land and our activity is scrutinised to an acute level by those who are not sympathetic to grouse moor
    management. This is in addition to the examination we receive from independent assessors who advise our staff on best practice within the sector.

    “There has been no commercial grouse shooting on our land over the past two years and the moors are not being managed to achieve high bags of grouse, as has been claimed. There is no motive to act outside the law.

    “Someone killed the hen harrier and we deplore that
    act, but evidence as to who was responsible seems to have been removed immediately after the incident. This leaves a very unsatisfactory situation for the estate, for the police, for the public and our politicians to deal with. Leadhills Estate, along with the rest of the grouse management sector is looking to work constructively with all parties who want to see continuation of the important public benefits of sustainable moorland management.”

    1. I wonder if the person who read out or wrote and made public that statement has trouble with a suddenly growing nose?

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