Stop the Disappearance of Songbirds’ Habitat

Target: The Right Honourable Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland

Goal: Protect garden warblers from habitat loss by encouraging the growth and preservation of thick scrubs.

Scotland’s garden warblers may be in danger of total habitat loss due to an increasingly tidy countryside. The birds prefer to live in thick brush over anywhere else, and due to the disappearance of wild brush, the species is becoming harder and harder to spot. Habitat loss often leads to severe endangerment, and possibly extinction.

While wild brush can be a risk due to the possibility of wildfires, it is not fair to simply dispose of all that remains. Brush can easily be contained to certain areas, to create a natural reserve for the birds so that they may enjoy their chosen environment and have a chance to fortify their numbers to prevent possible endangerment.

As of right now, the garden warbler is on the “least concern” list, but is still disappearing. By protecting areas of wild brush, we can take preventive measures against further endangerment of these charming little birds. Sign this petition to demand protected brush areas across Scotland’s countryside.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear First Minister Sturgeon,

Garden warblers are at risk for habitat loss. The birds prefer and thrive in thick brush, which is becoming rarer in Scotland’s increasingly tidy countryside. Understandably, there is a concern about wildfires caused by leaving thick brush to lie everywhere, yet it is not fair to the birds to remove every last trace of it. Habitat loss leads to endangerment, which can lead to extinction in a short time.

Currently, the garden warbler is on the “least concern” list, and you must not let that change. By preserving areas of thick brush as protected safe spaces for the warblers, we can let them thrive in their favored environment, thus eliminating a possible threat of their disappearance down the line. Please fund the creation of such safe spaces by ensuring the preservation of wild brush in the countryside.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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Stop the Mass Slaughter of Thousands of Mountain Hares

Target: Eileen Stuart, Head of Policy and Advice, Scottish Natural Heritage

Goal: End the legal cull of mountain hares that has allowed sport hunters to kill thousands of animals with little oversight.

Scotland’s mountain hares could be in danger of extinction if estate owners and sport hunters are allowed to continue to kill them by the thousands. Recent reports reveal that over 38,000 hares have died in one year alone, largely on sporting estates. If this practice continues unchecked, it is likely that the time will come when there are no more hares left on the Scottish moors.

Mountain hares, also known as blue hares, are uniquely adapted to the cold climate and harsh terrain of Scotland’s northern reaches. They are known for their striking white winter coats, making them both one of the highlands’ most iconic species and a favored target among sport hunters. Yet the current rate of slaughter may be unsustainable, with as many as 4,000 hares killed at one estate alone, according to recently revealed data.

The Scottish government must intervene and lift the current planned cull that has allowed these hunts to occur in the first place. Sign this petition to urge Scottish Natural Heritage to end this cull and to enforce strict limits on hunting this unique species.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Ms. Stuart,

The legal sport hunting of mountain hares has resulted in the staggering reported loss of over 38,000 animals in just one year. These hares are an iconic highland species that should not be allowed to face extinction just so hunters can skin them and leave them to rot on the moors. Unless the current cull is lifted, there is almost nothing to prevent estate owners and other sport hunters from driving these animals to extinction.

Your own governing body concluded recently that the mountain hares’ population may now be in “unfavourable status.” Despite your recommendations that the Scottish government push for “voluntary restraint” among hunters, it appears that these guidelines have fallen on deaf ears. That is why we are urging you to call for an immediate end to the cull, and to ensure that strict limits are enforced on hunting these hares before it is too late.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: John Johnston

Don’t Persecute Ravens in Barbaric Slaughter

Target: Dr. Mike Cantlay OBE, Chair of Scottish Natural Heritage

Goal: Don’t allow hunters to needlessly kill wild ravens in the Scottish highlands.

Hundreds of ravens in the highlands of Scotland may soon be targeted by hunters thanks to a new five-year license permitting their killing as part of an experimental cull led by Scottish Natural Heritage. A number of environmental groups are decrying this decision, saying that it is unnecessary and based on ill-informed persecution against these birds. Throughout history, ravens have been cast as villainous creatures. We now know they are remarkably intelligent birds that play an important role in the natural ecosystem. Therefore, they must be protected.

Part of the reason for the planned cull is the fact that a number of bird species in Scotland are in decline. One species in particular, the white-tailed sea eagle, is believed to have vanished entirely. Ravens are blamed for stealing these birds’ eggs and preying on their nestlings. While this may be true, it is equally true that human-caused environmental pressures like habitat loss and hunting are also significant factors contributing to the dwindling bird population.

Ravens should not be held solely accountable for larger environmental issues in Scotland. Sign this petition to urge the Scottish Natural Heritage to revoke this unnecessary license to kill these magnificent and intelligent birds.

PETITION LETTERS:

Dear Dr. Cantlay,

I am writing to demand that you and the other members of Scottish Natural Heritage board revoke all recently-issued licenses given to hunters in Perthshire to cull ravens over the next five years. While ravens are opportunistic hunters and scavengers, they are not solely responsible for the drop in bird population in the Scottish highlands.

Research suggests that birds like the white-tailed sea eagle, now feared to be extinct in the region, face more immediate threats from human-related causes, including habitat loss, hunting, and the presence of introduced predators like feral cats. I urge you to listen to scientists and conservationists who have expressed their concerns regarding this cull, and ask that you revoke all licenses to slaughter these intelligent birds immediately.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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