Stop the subsidy for Buzzard nest destruction.
  • Petitioned Richard Benyon MP

This petition was delivered to:

Minister for Wildlife and Biodiversity, DEFRA
Richard Benyon MP

Stop the subsidy for Buzzard nest destruction.

    1. Petition by

      Andrew Winser

      Nottingham, United Kingdom

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May 2012

Victory

I read an article (by George Monbiot) that DEFRA had given the go ahead to provide £375,000 for an experiment that involved the destruction of buzzards' nests in an attempt to investigate their effects on the pheasant shooting industry. I was incensed by the fact that wildlife and the environment were being sacrificed for business. I'd received an e-mail from Change.org about starting petitions and decided that this would be a great way of bringing the issue to the attention of more people. I set the petition up, finding the process very easy and then contacted Monbiot asking him to sign and spread the word. He agreed to sign, tweet and Facebook it. I was hoping for perhaps 500 signatures, but this mark was quickly passed. It was really exciting watching the numbers rise over the following couple of days and seeing support grow, not just across the UK but from around the globe. I spent some time searching the web for sites that had carried the story and left comments wherever possible with a link, asking people to sign. I went through lots of other searches using relevant keywords to locate different interest groups and joined their forums to promote the petition. I contacted local politicians and environmentalists by e-mail and got really positive responses.

The Buzzard is an indigenous protected bird of prey that is about to be persecuted by DEFRA subsidy. It is supposedly to protect a tiny fraction of the game bird poults [juvenile birds] bred in the UK by destroying buzzard nests. The game birds are mainly pheasant, introduced to this country to be slaughtered by shooting, in their hundreds of thousands for 'sport'.
An independent study carried out by ADAS (an independent consultant), commissioned by the British Association for Shooting and Conservation, found that on average, 1-2% of pheasant poults released were taken by birds of prey. It found 45% of poults released were shot, with the remainder dying as a result of other factors, such as road collision and disease, or surviving to join the feral population. The study therefore concluded that losses to birds of prey were negligible compared to other much greater causes of loss. It found the financial cost of "average" bird of prey predation to a shoot releasing 1,000 poults per year, would be just £30.
This DEFRA subsidy and the actions it is condoning are unresearched and unjustifiable.
Please sign for the protection of this magnificent bird of prey, to get the subsidy removed and the destruction stopped.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. The Minister has Changed his mind has dropped the proposal!!

      Andrew Winser
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks so much to everyone who signed. Good sense has prevailed for a change.

    2. Reached 3,000 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Jim Avery CORSHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      I'd rather see a buzzard while I'm riding my bicycle to work than a pheasant!

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    • Stephanie Farmer OKEHAMPTON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      Just leave nature alone! The buzzard is a beautiful bird. Are you going to try and prevent Owls from catching mice and voles next? Ridculous!

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    • Lexa Winterburn LONGFIELD, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      All animals deserve to be protected, no matter the species!

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    • colin workman NOTTINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      its obvious, an absolute disgrace

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    • Ann Goddard ELSTREE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      I oppose needless destruction of our wildlife-endangered anyway by climate change and habitat loss. Buzzards are a natural part of the food chain and should not be persecuted on behalf of shooting interests. Shooting is grossly unnatural.

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