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Aided and Abetted

The RSPB aided and abetted by the BBC as they deploy the tactics of Animal Rights organisations in an attempt to mislead the public

The BBC allowed RSPBs Guy Shorrock to report figures taken from a collation of bird crime 'incidents' reported to RSPB as fact.


Scotland is unique in that we record and report crimes against wildlife to the Scottish Parliament. The official records of verified crimes in Scotland, authorised by Police Scotland, the Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA) and Scottish Government agencies are published annually representing the authoritative figures on the extent crimes against birds and other protected animals.

The latest figures showed bird of prey poisoning on a downward projection over the last few years, and birds illegally shot to be down by approximately fifty percent in the same time period. Unfortunately, crimes against wildlife come in many forms and are recorded as such, there was a small rise in crimes in last years report.

Scottish Countryside Alliance Director Jamie Stewart said: “We join our colleagues within the gamekeeping and shooting sector in PAWs the Partnership Against Wildlife Crime Scotland in condemning the senseless illegal actions of a minority and collectively work towards the education of those misguided individuals as we seek to end crimes against wildlife”.

"The official statistics recorded by the aforementioned agencies differs significantly to that of the unsubstantiated claims of the RSPB".

"It was reprehensible of the BBC to report this without the right of reply. Many people rely on the media as a source of information without even thinking whether it is true or not. Furthermore, the media is a very powerful weapon that can quickly change people's perspectives and beliefs. The media has a huge impact in shaping the opinion of the general public. They can form or modify the public opinion in different ways depending of what is the objective".

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