Wildlife experts say crime is a continuing threat to Britainâ€™s most vulnerable birds â€“ especially birds of prey.
During 2006, 72 egg collecting incidents were recorded, including robberies from 16 nests of birds on Schedule 1 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.
In the 25th year of the Wildlife and Countryside Act gaining Royal Assent, a report on bird-related crimes across the UK in 2006, published by the RSPB, shows that wildlife crime is still a significant hazard to some of our most threatened birds.
The Societyâ€™s latest Birdcrime report shows 1,109 reported incidents relating to wild birds in 2006, more than a 50 per cent increase on the previous year (726 incidents).
The public,Â charities,Â and wildlife experts haveÂ all condemned the decision by Newquay Zoo to put down two macaque monkeys. TheÂ animals wereÂ killedÂ as they were consideredÂ too aggressive. Stewart Muir,Â director of the zooÂ said thatÂ re-homing wasn’t an option, ‘It would not have been possible to rehouse them anywhere that could promise us they would not be placed in isolation’.
The Monkey Sanctuary in Cornwall said that they could have found homes for the monkeys if they were asked.
As there is now just one Macaque left, the zoo is considering acquiring more females to start a breeding programme.
BMI has been accused of leaving a customers golden retriever out in the scorching midday Caribbean sun. Graeme Davidson says, during the 8 hour flight to Antigua his three dogs were given neither food nor water.
Graeme who works as a magician said, “It would have been better if they had put a gun to his head and shot him, rather than leaving him to suffer a slow, agonising death.”
The House of Lords has dismissed appeals by the Countryside Alliance (CA) and other supporters of hunting which claimed the acts banning hunting with hounds in England, Wales and Scotland breached human rights and free trade laws.
John Rolls, of the RSPCA, said: ‘We are glad to see that the Law Lords have unanimously decided to dismiss these appeals.’
The CA are now taking their case to the European Court Of Human Rights.