KEEP IRISH PINEMARTENS PROTECTED BY IRISH LEGISLATION.
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CULL OF PROTECTED PINE MARTINS CALLED FOR:
The Irish Farming Independent contained an article where Padraig Brady, a Fine Gael Councillor, also a SHEEP FARMER (who breeds and kills sheep for profit) made a remarkable claim. He said that a pine marten "killed two of his lambs and injured three others" and that an unidentified woman was bitten by a pine marten.The Irish Wildlife Trust has condemned the report as sensationalist and "truly misinformed" and the councillor's claims as "alarmist and irresponsible".
Pointing out that WE SAY the IWT emphasised that "pine martens do not attack sheep or people."According to the Farming Independent report: "although local Fianna Fail and Fine Gael councillors have informed the National Parks and Wildlife Service about the problem, they say the issue has 'fallen on deaf ears'....The pine marten is a protected species with no predator. Local representatives are calling for this order to be lifted and for an URGENT CULL."
WE SAY NO to any KILLING OF THESE WILD PROTECTED AND RARE ANIMALS.
The secretive and elusive pine marten was once found throughout Ireland, but a combination of habitat destruction, hunting for their skins and persecution by gamekeepers during the early part of the 20th century meant that by the 1950’s few martens survived. These days pine martens are protected and their fortunes are improving. Numbers are increasing slowly, and in areas where suitable woodland habitat exists the species is gradually extending its range. The Burren in Co. Clare is considered to be the pine marten’s Irish stronghold.
The Vincent Wildlife Trust's "Mammals in Ireland" website describes the pine marten as Ireland’s rarest native mammal species, revealing that "recent abundance estimates suggest that the total population of pine martens in Ireland is approximately 2,700 individuals".
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