Help Stop the Cull of Grey Squirrels

Life is life–whether in a cat, or dog or man. There is no difference there between a cat or a man. The idea of difference is a human conception for man’s own advantage.
Sri Aurobindo

I would like to add to the above quote that there is no difference between a Grey squirrel’s life and that of a Red squirrel – not to the squirrels that is.

Please sign and share the following petition to stop the killing of Grey Squirrels

“Urge the Wildlife Trust not to cull the Grey Squirrels

“Urge the Wildlife trust to seek out alternative methods to save and protect the Red Squirrels, a method that does not involve the destruction of the Grey Squirrels by bludgeoning them to their death!

Wildlife Trusts’ biggest-ever recruitment drive will see volunteers bludgeon grey squirrels to death. An army of 5,000 volunteers is being sought to save the red squirrel from extinction by monitoring populations, educating children – and bludgeoning grey squirrels to death.”

Please read more and sign and share the petition:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/931/766/296/

Further Action

You may wish to contact the Wildlife Trust and ask them to find an alternative method to save and protect the Red Squirrels, which will not involve killing Grey Squirrels.

Please write, telephone,Tweet and leave a message on their Facebook page. Please be polite.

Postal Address

The Wildlife Trusts,
The Kiln,
Mather Road,
Newark
United Kingdom
NG24 1WT

Twitter: @wildlifetrusts
Facebook: wildlifetrusts
Registered Charity Number: 207238
http://www.wildlifetrusts.org/who-we-are/contact-us

General enquiries

Phone: 01636 677711
Fax: 01636 670001

Email: enquiry@wildlifetrusts.org

Full contact details which includes a form:
http://www.wildlifetrusts.org/who-we-are/contact-us

I prefer not to use the word cull: slaughter, kill, massacre or murder seems more appropriate . Yes I know grammatically speaking you can only use the word murder in reference to human beings. Ignoring such rules here I use this word and the others as they are more descriptive of what is taking place to animals, in this case Grey squirrels who have as much right to life as you or I or any other of the millions of species who inhabit this planet! Bludgeoning them to death no less is an appalling act of cruelty which caring sensitive people should not tolerate.   I have to wonder what type of person will volunteer to bludgeon to death helpless Grey squirrels. Not the sort of person I would wish to associate with that’s for sure. Violence breeds violence, any such cruel act to an animal increases the possibility of violence to humans and escalates the misery that abounds in the world. One also has to ask what kind of education they will be providing children with reference to eliminating Grey squirrels! Again not something I would want a child of mine exposed to.

What people who propose such barbarity do not understand is that to a squirrel his or her life is as import to them as ours is to us, either that or they simply do not care. What right have we humans to control the environment, to decide which animal should live and which animal should die. Whether it’s the slaughter of badgers in a misguided attempt to control Bovine TB or the massacre of grey squirrels to protect red squirrels it is simply not our right, leave nature to take its own course.

Related Links

In Defence Of Grey Squirrels

“The North American grey squirrel was first introduced to the UK in 1876. If you live in the UK, you’ll be well aware of how vilified the grey squirrel is here; it’s been accused of a multitude of sins, from almost wiping out the native red squirrels to killing trees by stripping away the bark. Much as I love grey squirrels, I always assumed the accusations were true; it seemed that the squirrels’ destructiveness was a consequence of their introduction into a region where they didn’t belong.

My views changed when I attended a talk at South West Vegan Festival which aimed to debunk the most commonly-held myths about grey squirrels. I thought I’d share with you what I learnt in an attempt to establish the innocence of these beautiful creatures.”

Continue Reading:

In Defence Of Grey Squirrels
https://littlegreenseedling.wordpress.com/2017/03/20/in-defence-grey-squirrels/

Seven Hundred Koalas Killed by Lethal Injection

Below is a guest post by the animal and human rights activist and free software supporter Luis Leonel.

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IF THEY’RE HUNGRY KILL THEM

“I love koalas… but if they’re found to be surplus, the most humane thing to do is to kill them.”
Dr. Desley Whisson, Deakin University wildlife and conservation biologist

ALMOST 700 KOALAS HAVE BEEN SECRETLY KILLED BY LETHAL INJECTION near Victoria’s Great Ocean Road and thousands more are in danger of starvation due to an ongoing crisis caused by overpopulation in one of the nation’s key habitats. The Australian can ­reveal that wildlife officials conducted three euthanasia operations in 2013 and 2014 to kill 686 koalas, in what was a covert campaign to avoid any backlash from green groups and the community.

KILLING OF 700 OTWAY KOALAS THE RIGHT THING TO DO, SCIENTISTS SAY
http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/killing-of-700-otway-koalas-the-right-thing-to-do-scientists-say-20150304-13v25p.html

DEAKIN’S SCIENTIST DR DESLEY WHISSON RESPONDS TO REPORTS ABOUT THE MANAGEMENT OF KOALA POPULATIONS IN VICTORIA
http://www.deakin.edu.au/news/latest-media-releases/2015-media-releases-archives/deakins-scienctist-dr-desley-whisson-respomds-to-eports-about-the-management-of-koala-populations-in-victoria

KOALAS COULD BE CULLED IN OVERPOPULATED AREAS TO PREVENT STARVATION, SAYS EXPERT
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/mar/04/koalas-could-be-culled-overpopulated-areas-prevent-starvation-expert

Why couldn’t the Koalas have been moved?

Dr Whisson said moving the population to other areas or conducting fertility control programs were expensive options.

Read More:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2978320/Government-secretly-kills-686-koalas-lethal-injection-believed-soon-starve-death-overpopulation.html

Please express your objections to:

DR. DESLEY WHISSON
(Position: Lecturer)
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Science Engineering & Built Environment
Department: School of Life and Environmental Sciences
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 92517302
Email: desley.whisson@deakin.edu.au

http://www.deakin.edu.au/profiles/desley-whisson

Why don’t they kill hungry humans if death is a solution for starvation? Shame on them.

Please Sign a Petition to Stop the UK Grey Squirrel Cull

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More squirrel photos further down.

What right has anyone to kill another species or rather systematically massacre other animals? If this happened to human beings it would be called genocide. I don’t like the word cull it has a tendency to mitigate the atrocity for what it is, the organised murder of another species.

The Forestry Commission have drawn up new plans obliging UK land owners to cull tens of thousands of grey squirrels each year, using methods which include poisoning them or trapping and shooting them. Landowners will be paid millions of pounds (£100 per hectare per year for five years) of taxpayers’ money to carry out the cull. “

Please read more and sign the petition:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/679/501/974/stop-the-uk-grey-squirrel-cull/  – There are other actions you can take further down

As with the Badger cull due to commence once again in the spring such action has no basis in morality. What right has the human race to consider itself Lord of all the earth with the right to kill and manipulate other species as we see fit.

Furthermore it is an outrage that millions of pounds of tax payers money will be handed over to already wealthy landowners to massacre these defenceless animals while other members of our society reply on food banks, spend winter in cold homes as a result of huge heating bills, struggle on low wages or much reduced benefits,… well I could go on, social injustice here in the UK seems to get worse and worse. Most Tax payers would not want their money to be spent on the killing of these much loved animals.

Though not indigenous, brought here from America in the 19th century by the British banker Thomas Brocklehurst who released a pair of grey squirrels on his land, they are now part of our countryside and 5 million of them are here in the UK. It has happened and it cannot be undone.  Most importantly this tiny mammal is a living being with as much right to life as you or I.

Other Action

Animal Aid Cull Watch – (not just grey squirrels)

“The following culls are either planned or underway. Please write letters and emails of complaint to the addresses given, and if you know of wildlife culls in your area, let us know.”

Read More and please take suggested actions to help save the lives of squirrels and other animals :
http://www.animalaid.org.uk/h/n/campaigns/wildlife//2177//

Related Links

Prince Charles’s attack on grey squirrels is nostalgia posing as environmentalism

He says he has the red squirrels at heart, but Charles may have more personal and political motivations for his bloodlust by Oscar Rickett

The old cliche applies here: two wrongs don’t make a right… The anti-grey squirrel campaign is deeply rooted conservatism masquerading as environmentalism, in which cruelty to animals is justified on the basis that it will provide some sort of as yet unseen benefit to another, smaller group of animals.

Read More:
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/may/09/prince-charles-attack-grey-squirrels-nostalgia-environmentalism-red-squirrels

A selection of squirrel photos.

I have to ask what kind of person can kill such a beautiful animal, I find the cold callous calculation to wantonly kill any creature beyond my comprehension.

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Grey squirrel Sciurus carolinensis UK. Image shot 2007. Exact date unknown.

 

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