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“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

 - Mahatma Gandhi

Hen Harrier faces threat of extinction

Hen Harriers are birds of prey living primarily on heather moorland.

But this iconic species is under severe threat, according to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).

There are just four breeding pairs left in England and the species is also declining elsewhere.

Scotland is the traditional breeding ground for these birds but since 2010 numbers have fallen by 9%

In Wales, breeding pairs fell by more than one third over the same period.

Hen harriers traditionally feed on grouse and this has brought them into conflict with managers of estates that are involved in grouse shooting. While conservationists believe that the the grouse and harriers can co-exist perfectly well, illegal killings are almost certainly to blame for their perilous situation.

Anyone killing or injuring a wild bird is committing an offence says Defra and could face jail if convicted.

Read more about this issue on the RSPB website at

How do we stoop so low?

Xanda, son of Cecil the lion, 'killed by hunter' in Zimbabwe

Six of the world’s canivores have lost more than 90% of their historic range!

The Ethiopian wolf, red wolf, tiger, lion, African wild dog and cheetah have all been squeezed out as land is lost to human settlements and farming.

Of the 25 large carnivores that were studied, 60% (15 species) have lost more than half of their historic ranges

Reintroduction of carnivores into areas where they once roamed is vital in conservation, say scientists.

This means that scientifically sound re introductions of large carnivores into areas where they have been lost is vital both to conserve the large carnivores and to promote their important ecological effects.

The researchers say re-wilding programmes will be most successful in regions with low human population density, little livestock, and limited agriculture.

When policy is favourable, carnivores may naturally return to parts of their historic ranges.

This has begun to happen in parts of Europe with brown bears, lynx, and grey wolves.

The Eurasian lynx and grey wolf are among the carnivores that have the smallest range contractions.

The dingo and several types of hyena are also doing relatively well, compared with the lion and tiger.

So, what do you think? Should we actively encourage and support the reintroduction of endangered species to our country?  Give us your views using the ‘contact’ page on this website. Thank you

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