Milltown Golf Club are shooting wildlife on their greens
Milltown Golf Club are shooting wildlife on their greens. People living in close proximity to the golf course were horrified to see a beautiful fox ( who roams in the area visiting their gardens ) shot at 20ft by two shots to the head. Then the animal was kicked a few times by the shooter and dragged into a plastic sack on the GOLF BUGGY.
We have had many reports of locals hearing shooting at night on the greens. The club apparently emgaged a shooter to kill this fox saying he/she had mange.
Joe Duffy covered the topic today on RTE 1, I was given a chance to condem this. Locals are outraged, one saying he knew the fox to be perfectly healthy and saying it visited his garden and was loved by the golfers. The club said he had destroyed their greens. A golfer was disgusted also as he saw the harmless animal when he was playing.
Contact Milltown Club now expressing your views. Foxes do not dig up golf courses and shooting in an urban area is a risk to the public. Gardai were called but said they could do nothing.
WE CANNOT LET THIS KILLING CONTINUE
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'Behave well, or face animal rights lobby'
Saturday, September 06, 2008, 08:00
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As the game shooting season starts in earnest this weekend, leaders of the shooting community are urging their followers to be on their best behaviour – or leave themselves targets for animal rights campaigners.
For the first time in recent years, the major organisations representing shooters have launched a new code for game shooting.
Since the ban on hunting with dogs, the country sports lobby fears game shooting will be next in the sights of the animal welfare campaigners who fought hard for the ban with the Labour Government.
Indeed, the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) has increased its attention on shooting – particularly around the large-scale shooting estates which form a big part of the rural economy, particularly in Dorset, Wiltshire and Somerset.
The Country Land and Business Association, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation, the National Gamekeepers' Association, the Game Farmers' Association, the Countryside Alliance and the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, got together to re-write their own industry code in a bid to fend off an expected onslaught from animal welfare groups.
The foreword to the code tells shooters: "We must never be complacent about the future of shooting. Shooting and shoot management practices will be judged by the way participants and providers behave.
"Our sport is under constant and detailed scrutiny and we must demonstrate that we conduct it to high standards.
"The code… brings together these standards and makes them easily available to all who participate."
Simon Hart, chief executive of the Countryside Alliance, said: "The code is a good example of using self-regulation to fend off Government intervention. By its voluntary nature, not all may adhere to it, but over time it has proved an invaluable tool, whether dealing with politicians or supermarkets. It points the shooting community in the right direction.
"The alliance fully supports this industry-wide endorsement for these guidelines."
But those campaigning against shooting said the guide was merely cosmetic.
"The apologists for this barbaric 'sport' attempt to spin the lie that shooting is all about healthy, organic food. This is far from the truth with very few game birds actually making their way onto the dinner table," he said.
Birds of Prey Persecution: A Special IoS Online Report
Birds of prey, including the golden eagle, peregrine falcon and red kite, are being poisoned or shot in Britain’s uplands on a scale unprecedented in modern times. We have prepared this special report to supplement the article in the paper. See the panel on the right for full contents...
By David Randall and Jonathan Owen
Published: 07 October 2007
Birds of prey, including the golden eagle, peregrine falcon and red kite, are being poisoned or shot in Britain's uplands on a scale unprecedented in modern times.
Crimes against wild birds are now at record levels, according to figures produced by the RSPB, with 1,109 confirmed incidents last year.
This is a 50 per cent rise on 2005, twice 2004's figure, and compares with an average over the preceding five years of just 625. Raptors bear the brunt of the worst of this persecution. In 2006, there were 98 reported poisonings, plus 185 shootings or other destructions of birds of prey, plus dozens of incidents of egg collecting or nest disturbance, and 39 reports of illegally taking or possessing a bird of prey. The RSPB fears 2007 will be even worse. Three golden eagles alone have been deliberately killed in the last 16 months, and other victims this year already include scores of buzzards, peregrines, goshawks, red kites, and hen harriers. In Scotland, persecution of birds of prey is now worse than at any since the early 1980s, with hen harriers and red kites suffering particularly badly. The Peak District - in part of which a once-thriving population of 20 goshawks seven years ago has been reduced to nothing - is another blackspot, as is North Yorkshire and Northumberland. All told, since 1997, there have been 917 confirmed attacks on birds of prey. Duncan McNiven, RSPB investigations officer says that this is the tip of an iceberg: "If these are the number of reported incidents that have been witnessed in the wild and remote country that birds of prey inhabit, you can only wonder at the amount of birds that are actually being killed."
The RSPB is adamant that the blame for most of these crimes lies with those with ties to shooting estates, especially grouse moors. Their analysis of birds of prey persecution court cases from 1985 to 2006 shows that 81 per cent of those convicted had direct or indirect ties to game hunting. The RSPB's Grahame Madge said: "Birds of prey suffer most where we have landscape dominated by grouse shooting. We fear that raptors are being routinely persecuted in the uplands."
For some species, the persecution threatens their very survival as a British bird. There are twice as many hen harriers on the Isle of Man (where there is no grouse shooting) than there are in England. "England should support a hen harrier population of 250 pairs," says the RSPB's Grahame Madge, "but we have less than a a tenth of that." The only place on the mainland where they thrive, is the Forest of Bowland in Lancashire, which is under conservation management. The RSPB also cite the case of the red kite. In 1989, 100 of these birds were introduced into the Chilterns and 100 in north Scotland. By 2004 the Chilterns population had grown to 215 pairs, while the Scottish numbers, had struggled to reach 35 pairs in face of severe persecution. Eagles, too, suffer. An academic paper published this year by Bird Study concluded that, because of persecution, "in the central and eastern Highlands, where grouse moor management predominates, the eagle population continued to decline to levels where increasingly large areas of suitable habitat are unoccupied by breeding pairs."
Stuart Scull, Head of Gamekeeping at the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC), said: "We know that there are some people involved in game management who choose to step outside the law, there's no denying that. However, they are a tiny minority and game management when done correctly is a force for good in the countryside.... Things have changed... The modern gamekeeper will target predator control in the spring, not year round as they used to. If people poisoning birds of prey were members of BASC they would be expelled from the organisation subject to their right of appeal." In private, however, the shooting lobby concede that persecution of raptors is more than just a few rogues, and cite the need, as they see it, to protect the game upon whose high prices the estates depend for their income. Britain's game shooting industry is now worth £1.6bn, almost triple what it was a decade ago. About 50,000 people a year shoot grouse, courtesy of 1,600 providers of shoots around the country, most of which are on the uplands of northern England and Scotland.
Renting a grouse moor can cost as much as £12,000 a day, and shooters dispatched 400,000 grouse in 2004, with a further 18 million game birds and wildfowl shot. Lowland game shooting – for pigeon, pheasant and partridge, is growing especially fast. Followers of the far smaller sport of pigeon racing, have also been blamed for persecuting raptors, especially peregrines, who prey on pigeons. There have been cases in South Wales and Merseyside, especially, where pigeon fanciers have been suspected – or convicted – of killing peregrines. Many of these, like the raptors on the uplands, have been poisoned, an especially nasty form of killing, since it is so indiscriminate. The method is invariably to lace a bird carcass, or even a live bird, with poison, the most common of which is carbofuran, a banned agricultural pesticide so lethal that a single grain would kill a human. Carrion feeders, like red kites, are especially vulnerable, and this year's total of incidents of persecution of this species is already within two cases of matching 2006's record.
The widespread revulsion over the poisoning of raptors, especially the golden eagles, prompted the Scottish Gamekeepers Association and other groups to issue a statement last week that said: "If any of our members are convicted of a wildlife crime offence appropriate measures will be taken. Sanctions include the withdrawal of membership. In particular, conviction for poisoning offences will be treated with the utmost severity." This may have been provoked by the Scottish Executive's warning in August that any farmers or landowners found to blame for bird poisoning may well lose their Single farm Payments. But catching whoever is persecuting birds of prey is exceptionally difficult. The landscape where these crimes are committed is remote, traps and bait are put down at night, removed before morning, and the victim burnt; and even if a dead raptor is found, proving who did it means catching someone in the act. Last year there were just four convictions for persecuting raptors, all of which were gamekeepers. The RSPB's McNiven says that in 16 years with the RSPB he has not known a single case of a gamekeeper losing his job as a result of a conviction – a tolerance of employee law-breaking by the estates that the RSPB says sends its own message. On the ground, gamekeepers respond that not only that they have been unfairly singled out for blame, but that birds of prey now enjoy too much protection from the law. Alec Hogg, director of the Scottish Gamekeepers Association, said: "The situation now is that raptor numbers are healthy. Raptors can coexist to a degree but they cannot where the balance is tipped too much in favour of them. I've applied for a license twice to help protect my game birds from buzzards but I've been refused twice. "You can see there's frustration there because of the sheer number of raptors that are attacking and it's not just game birds, it's other birds suffering like upland waders, ringers, skylarks, meadow pipits...
I think that's why there's been an odd poisoning incident... The only way that I can see an end to this is to have more flexibility. The wildlife crime would stop overnight... at the moment things are more in favour of the hunter than the hunted when it comes to birds of prey and game birds." Other parts of the hunting lobby, like the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, say some science supports this view. A new study published in the Journal of Wildlife Biology claims that peregrines or goshawks were responsible for more than two thirds of black grouse deaths – killing two birds for every one taken by foxes. Only one of the 39 tagged birds survived to the end of the study, claims the trust. To try and settle this debate, the Government has just announced a £3m 10-year study to see if hen harriers and game birds can co-exist on Langholm Moor – a red grouse moor on Buccleuch Estates in Dumfriesshire. Meanwhile, in the last few weeks: two poisoned red kites in North Yorkshire, a kestrel shot in Derbyshire, a Peregrine shot in Gwent, a buzzard trapped in Lothian, a barn owl shot in Nottinghamshire...The killing goes on.
Exposed: the cruel rearing of game birds
Pheasants and partridges restrained and kept in tiny mesh cages for years
By Martin Hickman, Consumer affairs correspondent Saturday, 22 November 2008
The FAWC report found game birds were being kept in small meshcages with plastic 'bits' stuck in their mouths, 'spectacles' to limit their vision and 'bumpa-bits' covering their faces.Animal welfare rules are to be tightened after an official investigation found evidence of mass cruelty in the raising of game birds shot by blood- sports enthusiasts in Britain.In the first official inquiry into the secret world of pheasant and partridge farms, the Farm Animal Welfare Council (FAWC) found the birds were confined to small mesh cages with plastic "bits" stuck in their mouths to stop them cannibalising each other. The FAWC expressed concern about the routine use of restraint and anti-aggression devices, calling for a ban on "spectacles" that limit the birds' vision and research into "bumpa-bits" – mask-like contraptions that cover much of their faces. The body, which makes recommendations on farm standards, also called for a ban on beak trimming.The FAWC said that, unless conditions for the birds improved, the Government should introduce legislation to clean up the industry.
Hunting associations acknowledged the industry needed reform. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said it would await a £340,000 research project into bits and spectacles before a working party drew up a code of conduct for game farming. It commissioned FAWC to research the £1bn-a-year game industry after undercover investigations by animal welfare campaigners raised concerns.The research could dent the public image of game, which is being promoted as a healthy and sustainable source of meat. A minority of shot birds are sold to shops, although demand is rising and Marks & Spencer launched a range of partridge and pheasant meals earlier this month.At the moment, game birds are not classed as farm animals and so are not inspected by the Government's Animal Welfare unit. Unlike grouse, pheasants and partridges are intensively reared before being released weeks before the hunting season opens.Hunters shoot the birds when they are encouraged to fly overhead by beaters in the winter; from 1 September for partridges and from 1 October for pheasants, until 1 February. They pay between £1,000 and £2,000 a day. The birds can be kept in cages for up to three years, but others are released within months of their birth and either eaten by predators such as foxes, run over or shot.After taking evidence from the animal groups, vets, gamekeepers and hunting associations, the FAWC said all commercial systems used for raising partridges and pheasants had the potential to be cruel to the animals."In terms of systems, FAWC is particularly concerned with about the development of raised cages for breeding pheasants and the long-term use of small raised cages for partridges in pairs," the report said."Birds were kept in a barren environment on wire floors, with minimal opportunity for seclusion. Design appeared to be influenced more by cost and manufacturing requirements than the bird's welfare."The Game Farmers' Association said the report was the "first proper independent look" at game rearing practice, adding: "We accept all 16 recommendations made in this opinion."Andrew Tyler, director of Animal Aid, said: "Most people in this country are revolted by the idea that ... millions of birds are factory farmed every year so that they can serve as feathered targets for wealthy shooters. They would be even more disgusted to learn that hundreds of thousands of breeding pheasants and partridges are confined ... in oppressive metal battery cages."The League Against Cruel Sports warned that continental farms that supply chicks to UK game producers did not meet British standards.
A toddler has died after being hit by a bullet fired by a New York City resident on a deer-hunting trip.
New York Deer Hunter Kills Toddler
Edward Taibi had travelled 85 miles from his home in Queens to hunt in rural Sullivan County when the tragedy took place.He had shot and killed a deer from a tree stand - a mini-platform set up for hunting - when he moved and fired again.The bullet hit 16-month-old Charly Skala, who was outside her grandparents' nearby trailer park home, in the upper body.She was flown to Westchester Medical Centre, but medics were unable to save her life.Taibi, 45, was arrested and held without bail on a charge of second-degree manslaughter.He is friends with the owner of one of the nearby properties and had hunted there before, State Police Lieutenant Pierce Gallagher said.The rifle season for deer opened in the region that includes Sullivan County on Saturday.Under state law, it is illegal to discharge a firearm or bow within 500ft of any occupied residence or business unless the hunter owns or leases the property, or has the owner's consent.
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