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/

Petition to Help Save Loch Ness Red Squirrels

Please sign the following petition to tell the Scottish Government to stop the Scottish Forestry Commission from destroying squirrel habitat!

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Demand that Loch Ness red squirrels are saved from destruction.

“Red squirrels are endangered in the United Kingdom and are a protected animal. Their forest habitat must be protected or they will not survive.

The Scottish Forestry Commission have brought forward their plans for more clear felling in Invermoriston by 20 years, and we are asking that they leave a forest corridor for the red squirrels so that they don’t die.

The Scottish Forestry Commission are responsible for planting maintaining and harvesting trees. The trees are mainly used for paper making and fuel products. They have already felled three large areas around the village and have not yet replanted any trees. They propose to continue the clear felling which will leave the populations of red squirrels and pine martins no suitable habitat here. They claim to be partners in protecting and reintroducing the red squirrel — so they should not be able to destroy squirrels’ habitat without making some provision for them.”

Please read more and sign the petition
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/652/569/454/demand-that-loch-ness-red-squirrels-are-saved-from-destruction/

Squirrels are not the only creatures under threat as a result of the Forestry Commission’s dubious plans.

The destruction of forests displaces others animals, destroys their habitats, their right to live in this world free from interference by man.

Look at what has happened to a forest in Co Durham near to the approach of the Yorkshire Dales

What become of the Stang Forest :

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http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1197951

Privatisation

The Stang Forest was privatised back in 2011 before the coalition abandoned their plans to privatize our forests as a result of public pressure.

“AS protests over the privatisation of the region’s woodland grows, The Northern Echo can reveal that one 526- hectare forest has been sold to a consultancy company.

The Forestry Commission confirmed last night that The Stang, an evergreen forest, was sold in January for £3.25m.”

“The Stang is one of many post-war conifer plantations in the region, but about nine years ago the Forestry Commission launched a 50-year project to encourage a wider variety of trees to grow in the forest.

It was hoped that more hardwood and deciduous trees would attract a wider variety of flora and fauna.”

Read More:
http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/8833856.Consultancy_company_buys_our_woodland/  – at the rate logging is progressing it is unlikely there will be any Forest left in fifty years time or even the next decade!

The new owners promised it would remain accessible.

All well and good if there is any forest left after it has been decimated by logging in the past four years without seemingly much effort to replace the cut down trees.

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http://www.ldwa.org.uk/Cleveland/W/1902/a-barningham-trail.html  As the comment so clearly points out:
“We had good views all day especially from Hope Scar looking towards Teesdale, which had probably not been seen for more than 50 years as this section of Stang Forest had recently been cut down, opening up a panoramic views. “

Maybe an impressive view but what about the thousands of wild creatures displaced including deer and the pleasure of walking in this forest for locals and visitors alike. Indeed vast swaths of this forest have been hacked down and logging continues on a scale more massive than that which previously occurred. In other regions of Co Durham other small forests have been cut down with no regard for the wildlife that inhabits them.

Be on the alert for any  UK government plans to sell off our forests. A different issue you may think but reading the article below and looking at the photographs above it isn’t is it. With privatisation comes even more devastation to our forests and death for our wildlife. Until privatisation relatively few trees had been cut down in the Stang Forest now whole sections lay bear.

Despite the shelving of plans as a result of public pressure to privatise our forests the threat remains, more so after the Tory majority. Prior to the election the Lib/Dems had plans to put forests into trust to avoid privatisation.

Lib Dems suggest putting forests in trusts to avoid privatisation, so it is likely that privatisation of our forests is on the agenda.
http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/jul/30/lib-dems-forests-trusts-avoid-privatisation-trees

Even with those forests left under the care of the Forestry Commission there remains a threat of private involvement to the detriment of wildlife and local people such was the case of Fineshade Woods in Northamptonshire.

“Forest Holidays, a joint venture with the Forestry Commission, wants to build the holiday cabins at Fineshade Woods, near Corby.

Campaigners say if the multi-million pound venture goes ahead it will threaten wildlife habits and spoil the beauty of the woodland.”

Read More:
Fineshade Woods cabins ‘will be a money-spinner’

http://www.northantstelegraph.co.uk/news/top-stories/fineshade-woods-cabins-will-be-a-money-spinner-1-6062432  – note in this article the usual promise of jobs and a boost to the ecconomy in order to justify building at Fineshade woods.

A Close Shave for Fineshade

“Last week I attended the meeting of East Northamptonshire Council at which the councillors considered a planning application from Forest Holidays – a commercial off-shoot of the Forestry Commission – to build 70 holiday chalets in Fineshade Woods.  The outcome was a good one, but the process was concerning. ”

Read More:
https://www.buglife.org.uk/blog/matt-shardlow-ceo/a-close-shave-for-fineshade

While it appears that the threat has passed for Fineshade woods we must remain vigilant to prevent the privatisation of our forests.

The forests are saved, but campaigners must remain vigilant

“The campaign to protect the forests must continue. If we drop our guard, there is little doubt that the government will have another go.  Dave Bangs who co-ordinates Keep Our Forests Public wrote recently in the Morning Star, ‘State ownership’s major advantage is that it subtracts a resource, at least partially, from the irrationality and greed of the market.’ The answer for our public forests is the same as the answer for our economy – we need more democratic public ownership and economy-wide planning, enough to break the dominance of the market and not some porridge of private businesses and “social enterprises” struggling for their market share.'”
Read More:
http://www.redpepper.org.uk/the-forests-are-saved-but-campaigners-must-remain-vigilant/ – notice at the end of the article the following link:
38 degrees forest campaign http://blog.38degrees.org.uk/tag/save-our-forests/ Apparently there was a second attempt last year to privatize our forests from which once again the coalition backed down.  I doubt they have given up yet and now with more power than before it is even more likely they will try again.

Please sign the petition to save red squirrels if you have not already done so:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/652/569/454/demand-that-loch-ness-red-squirrels-are-saved-from-destruction/