Hare Cut

“Mountain hares are now routinely culled on a large scale on many grouse moors in Scotland. This practice has developed relatively recently in the belief that it protects red grouse against the tick-borne louping ill virus, despite the lack of scientific evidence to support this claim.” (http://scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/article/scottish-wildlife-organisations-call-to-ban-mountain-hare-cull/)

Head keeper grouses about hare loss.


“Zimbabwe has recently reaffirmed its pledge to export more young elephants to foreign buyers, and added that ‘culling’– mass slaughter — is another option under consideration.” (http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0417-montoro-zimbabwe-elephants.html)

That being preferable to being sold as parts on ebay. (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/apr/21/illegal-trade-in-endangered-wildlife-thriving-on-ebay-despite-controls)

Thankfully those Dickensian days when we used to sell organs for cash or whole people into slavery and send children away to school are long gone. Er…


“The first artificial trees were made in response to the loss of pine forests in Germany. Goose feathers dyed green imitated the green needles.” (http://www.foe.co.uk/green-blog/now-trending-christmas-trees)

This could explain why Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) plans to cull barnacle geese on Islay (http://www.rspb.org.uk/media/releases/387585-conservation-partnership-urges-minister-to-rethink-risky-goose-cull).

But your goose is as good as mine.
Happy Solstice.


“Boar became extinct in England 300 years ago, but in the 1990s a group escaped from a farm on the edge of the forest and 10 years ago another 60 were released without authorisation. Since then they have spread and bred.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/aug/21/wild-boar-forest-of-dean-activists-vow-to-stop-cull)

Very civilised, making their own sandwiches.


“Natural England, which licences the culls under terms dictated by government, has already received dozens of applications for culls, should more be allowed.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/feb/28/badger-cull-humaneness-test-tb-cattle)

In addition to badgers, applicants are requesting to cull cattle and politicians.


“The National Farmers’ Union won a high court injunction restricting people from protesting against the [badger] cull. … However, lawful protest will still be allowed. … ‘Many people say they will be walking their dogs nearby on Monday night and afterwards.'” (http://www.theguardian.com/global/2013/aug/24/badger-cull-brian-may-rspca)

‘Walking their dogs’ must be code, but extrapolating from the mayhem that ensues when just two ‘walking dogs’ meet, it’s an ingenious diversionary tactic. ‘Mon the badgers!