Horrendous. Only 2 days ago the Moorland Association was telling us what wonderfully biodiverse places their moors are, but forgetting to mention the persecution of legally protected raptors not to mention the wanton destruction of hundreds of Mountain Hares + much other wildlife!
Having read the news, that a Golden Eagle has been seen flying around with a medieval trap attached to its leg from which it will probably die from starvation and blood poisoning; I would like to encourage “everyone to sign this petition”; but while it crosses my mind neither do I believe in the nonsense of (brood management) being something thought up by the shooting fraternity so they can carry on dishing out their evil barbarity.
However, Mark Avery - (Wild Justice) knows the truth of the matter. Enough said except to say I feel sick and disgusted over this whole affair in relation to the medieval treatment this poor eagle had to endure along with many others raptors over the years. With this in mind members may like to read (more details) in the attached link...
However, some might think this doesn’t affect me here so why bother, but it might since I still find gin traps and the like tethered by steel pegs on my walks from time to time along with poison laced baits. However, there are those who think it’s extremely funny to do so, (wicked people) whom have no sense of morality about anything one cares to mention.
As we all know cats and dogs can travel several miles away from home since I often see them hunting miles away from urban areas; unfortunately, once caught in one of these traps or poisoned then I’m afraid there’s very little hope since it will probably die alone an agonising death. Secondary rodenticide poisoning can also affect raptors, owls, and your pet cat or dog should it pick up and eat a dead rat or mouse from which it could die. Unfortunately the taste of poison laced baits is very attractive to a cat or dog and so the animal will eat the bait. However, I feel I should also mention traps of this kind are also laid in large parks and even on your own very doorstep, well almost if you understand my meaning.
However, just walking off the beaten track can also be problematic since Lyme disease can also be caught should your pet stray; incidentally humans can also catch Lyme disease (see link.) Stray pets are also a threat to both nesting birds and sheep; indeed, you may have seen warning signs to this affect since sheep can die from shock being chased by a dog or even taken off their feet from which it cannot arise (casting); dying in a matter of hours.
However, please don’t think I’m trying to dissuade anyone from walking in the countryside since it has proven to be excellent both mentally and physically for one’s well-being; just the fact it’s to everyone’s advantage to be aware of these things mentioned. Not that I need to mention these things, dare I say to the “more seasoned members,” but new members may not be so aware, or how to safely remove a tick should you find one attached not that all ticks carry the disease; or you only have to step outside the door to be leapt upon by a tick or step on a gin trap since gin and similar traps are “mostly confined” to shall I say “certain areas” but not always’.