STOP THE LEGALISED KILLING OF RAVENS AND OTHER WILD BIRDS IN ENGLAND
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STOP THE LEGALISED KILLING OF RAVENS - AND 40+ OTHER SPECIES OF ENDANGERED BIRDS - IN ENGLAND
*since starting this petition, information has come to light that Natural England are issuing licences to kill 40+ species of birds, many red and amber listed and endangered.
I've decided to extend this petition to include these other birds.
What began as a campaign to save Ravens is now a battle to protect all British birds from the pen pushers at Natural England who might, if not challenged, threaten the survival of some of our most cherished species.
Once we reach 100,000 signatures I will ask for a meeting with Michael Gove (or whoever is Environment Secretary at that point).
The Government sponsored agency Natural England, under direction from environment secretary Michael Gove, has issued licences allowing farmers in England to shoot ravens.
The farmers say that the rare birds are a threat to lambs and piglets.
Ravens are a protected species.
They are only just beginning to recover from long term decline and still number less than 8,000 pairs in the whole of the United Kingdom.
They should not be culled.
This is a misguided killing spree which will severely impact on the future survival of the species.
The move will do nothing to improve the Government's already tarnished reputation on environmental matters.
The licences have been issued to farmers in five counties, but as we have seen from the badger cull, this appalling plan is likely to be rolled out nationwide unless it can be stopped.
We ask the Government to reconsider this ill-conceived slaughter of yet another protected species and demand that they revoke the licences.
There are better ways to protect farm livestock than to embark on the mass destruction of an endangered and much loved bird.
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