A recent report by the Royal Society for Protection of Birds (RSPB) says that hundreds of birds of prey, including Golden and White-tailed Eagles, Hen Harriers and Red Kites , were shot or poisoned in 2013. A spokesperson has called on shooting industry leaders to assist in stamping out illegal killing of birds of prey as the RSPB's annual Birdcrime report has revealed there were 164 reports of shooting and destruction of birds of prey last year. The report also reported 74 poisoning incidents which the RSPB believes represents only a fraction of illegal bird persecution. Reported Incidents occurred throughout England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Birdcrime reports show that the illegal persecution of birds of prey is still a huge problem in Britain. The RSPB has suggested numerous measures and solutions to alleviate the situation, but the eradication of incidents remains elusive.
Golden Eagle ~ photo by Tony Hisget/wikipedia
White-tailed Eagle ~ wikipedia photo
Hen Harrier (male) ~ photo by Hen Harrier Ireland
Red Kite ~ photo by THKraft
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