Statement given to Animal Aid:
The proposed cull of Canada Geese in Windermere is the latest in a string of bad decisions to perceived problems relating to wild animals. The current climate of ignorance leads many people in authority, responding to the first complaint about an inconvenience or a loss in income, to reach for the gun. There is no need for me to comment about the multiple trumped-up bits of supposed scientific evidence offered to support this very ill-considered decision. All the justifications offered for the killing have been demolished by Animal Aid’s analysis.
This decision needs to be reversed, but not just because of the lack of scientific justification. There is a bigger picture. We have to start realising that all sentient creatures are worthy of respect. Just because a species is judged to be non-native is no justification for slaughtering innocent familes of animals. The present population of all creatures in the UK, including humans, is the result of a continuous infiltration and readjustment over thousands of years. Adopting a policy of killing immigrant individuals is unthinkable. It is now time to become responsible in our treatment of all animals, and to see further than our immediate knee-jerk reactions. Every animal has a life. Every creature matters.
The order for his cull must be rescinded now, and some proper thought given to what action is needed, if any.
See also ANIMAL AID site.`
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