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The shooty fraternity really are a tear-stained mess these days. Fresh from campaigning against Calor Gas, they're now greeting about the winner of the Countryfile photo competition

They're even greeting about butchers not displaying carcasses in their windows these days ffs.

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11 hours ago, Day of the Lords said:

The shooty fraternity really are a tear-stained mess these days. Fresh from campaigning against Calor Gas, they're now greeting about the winner of the Countryfile photo competition emoji23.png

They're even greeting about butchers not displaying carcasses in their windows these days ffs.

Given all the recent bad press regarding shooting and dodgy game keepers it's  no wonder they're on the defensive atm.

It'll be interesting to see the research that's been commissioned to evaluate the ecological impact of releasing 43 million non-native game birds into the UK countryside every year. Funny how the part of the Wildlife & Countryside act which states that the deliberate act of releasing non native flora and fauna is considered an offence is completely ignored where game birds are concerned.

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This sounds good and long overdue

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Interesting window into how parts of rural Scotland operate:


Ozzy isn’t the only cat tearing communities asunder. “We thought it would be our forever home,” sighs Lana, 49, a company director from London. In 2017, Lana, her husband, their children and their three cats moved to rural Scotland. It was a stretch to take on the mortgage, but it was the home they had always dreamed of and the neighbours were welcoming – at first.

In October, however, the shooting season started. “A neighbour said: ‘I’d keep your cats in. We know the groundskeeper has shot 12 cats to stop them taking the game birds.” Lana and her husband were appalled, but thought that, if they reasoned with the local landowner, he would have his gamekeeper leave the cats alone. They were wrong. “He said: ‘It’s my land, I’ll do what the hell I like. Who do you think you are? You’re not even from round here!’” Once-friendly neighbours took his side. “We were shunned. He had a lot of influence in the community.”

Fearful for their cats’ safety – they were worried the gamekeeper might shoot into their garden – they erected a six-foot fence. Being ostracised in a close-knit rural community took its toll. “No one would talk to us. You’d go into the pub and people would turn their backs on you. From a mental health point of view, it impacted us a lot.” They started finding rocks on their driveway. Eventually they sold up. They now live in a rented house in France, where their cats are free to roam again.

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https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2020/jan/22/claws-out-why-cats-are-causing-chaos-and-controversy-across-britain

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1 hour ago, MixuFixit said:

Interesting window into how parts of rural Scotland operate:
 

This could all have been resolved amicably by waiting until the people were out to shoot the cats. Then tell them that they've gone to live on a farm.

Edited by Sergeant Wilson

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1 hour ago, MixuFixit said:

Interesting window into how parts of rural Scotland operate:
 

Get that bunch from don't f**k with cats on to this case ASAP. Justice for folk with large fences and no pal down the pub.

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I'm looking forward to you all being eaten by bears. 

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Not the Bennett or Kincardine kind either.

 

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6 hours ago, MixuFixit said:

Interesting window into how parts of rural Scotland operate:

"In October, however, the shooting season started. “A neighbour said: ‘I’d keep your cats in. We know the groundskeeper has shot 12 cats to stop them taking the game birds.” Lana and her husband were appalled, but thought that, if they reasoned with the local landowner, he would have his gamekeeper leave the cats alone. They were wrong. “He said: ‘It’s my land, I’ll do what the hell I like. Who do you think you are? You’re not even from round here!’” Once-friendly neighbours took his side. “We were shunned. He had a lot of influence in the community.”

Fearful for their cats’ safety – they were worried the gamekeeper might shoot into their garden – they erected a six-foot fence. Being ostracised in a close-knit rural community took its toll. “No one would talk to us. You’d go into the pub and people would turn their backs on you. From a mental health point of view, it impacted us a lot.” They started finding rocks on their driveway. Eventually they sold up. They now live in a rented house in France, where their cats are free to roam again."

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https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jan/25/yellowstone-wolf-project-25th-anniversary

This article from today's Guardian provides a good summary of the benefits that have been seen since wolves were re-introduced into Yellowstone National Park 25 years ago... here's hoping for something similar in Scotland!

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