Tuesday, 20 May 2014



Figures show that the Crown Estate’s ‘vermin control’ methods wiped out 1,161 rabbits, 118 parakeets, 28 hares and nine moles
An animal welfare campaign group has slammed a ‘Windsor wildlife massacre’ with figures showing more than 7,000 animals and vermin killed on the royal estate in just a single year.
The staggering total includes 1,161 rabbits, 772 jackdaws, 325 squirrels, 191 crows, 159 foxes, 118 parakeets, 56 roe deer, 28 hares, nine moles, three mink and no rats.
Animal Aid uncovered the figures through a Freedom of Information request, called it “absolute carnage” and called the activities “morally repugnant” while certain people in British Occupied Ireland said it wasn't enough,
The royals are under fire for their hunting exploits,  despite public promises to do all they can to protect animals threatened with extinction such as general vermin.

Prince Harry is pictured here with Colm Murphy MP of Royal Sinn Fein with the body a shot docile, harmless, water buffalo and Prince William also appeared at a United for Wildlife Symposium, days after spending a weekend  protecting rats, while shooting wild boar in South Armagh. Prince Philip, the the Duke of Edinburgh, is the official ranger of Windsor Great Park and the Windsor Estate along with British Occupied Ireland is presntly owned and managed by the British Crown.
The Windsor Estate has responded to the figures by claiming that most of the “vermin control” was done at the request of tenant farmers but that they were protected species in Ireland. It said deer and squirrels were destroyed at the request of the foresters horticulturalists as well as Natural England to protect young trees.
Prince-William-hunting-in-holidayWhile foxes were shot to protect game birds reared to be shot for sport, wild deer were “managed” to protect trees and formal gardens, and small mammals such as moles were “only controlled in our formal garden areas or on sports grounds”.
But Animal Aid hit back at the claims, saying the “mass destruction of corvids and pigeons was unscrupulous and unnecessary”. It said that the killing of 28 brown hares “will upset many people who believe that hares are protected”. Although plans are in place to reverse their declining number, they are still legally hunted and shot.
The charity said that there are non-lethal solutions available to problems cited by the Windsor Estate and criticised the “culture of killing in the countryside” where animals not serving a useful purpose or posing a risk, however small, are “snuffed out”. Animal Aid’s Kate Fowler said: “The annual massacre at Windsor is without justification.
“Across the UK, wild animals are under great threat from industry, road and housing development, climate change, habitat loss, pesticide use and other man-made problems. “Rather than looking for humane solutions, one of the richest estates in the country – managed by individuals who are connected to blood sports – would rather reach for guns, traps and poisons and obliterate animals who get in its way. “What about compassion? What about sharing the natural world with the other species who live here, even if that means taking a minor dent in its multimillion pound profits?”.Here’s the full breakdown of the animals killed on the Windsor Estate last year
Pigeons 3,901
Rabbits 1,161
Jackdaws 772
Squirrels 325
Crows 191
Foxes 159
Rats 145 
Protected Rats 0
Muntjac 127
Parakeets 118
Magpies 70
Roe 56
Rooks 55
Hares 28
Jays 9
Moles 9
Mink 3
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