Emergency blog post here regarding the DEFRA pilot scheme to protect pheasants by culling buzzards.
Now I won't go into all the details here as the majority will already know about it, but please read this blog post by Myky as it is very eloquently written and contains all the necessary links and information. To Myky, I hope you don't mind my blatant piggy-backing of your post, but I found it to be excellently written.
My main gripe with this issue is that this scheme is being introduced based purely on the 'say-so' of the gamekeepers. No scientific research has been implemented; no data has been compiled; no analysis can be carried out. Effectively buzzards will be culled because of myth, rumour, and the lure of money. I am very unhappy and angry about this whole situation and I cannot, and will not, accept it. I urge all of you to get involved as far as you are able. An email or letter to DEFRA could make all the difference.
I'll keep you updated on this issue as it progresses. Thank you.