Online maps to help in fight against raptor persecution
Defra has published new online maps showing the distribution of confirmed raptor persecution incidents. Similar maps have been available for many years in paper form, but the new online version presents a more user-friendly and easily available search facility.
The maps, presenting the number of shootings, poisonings and destructions between 2011 and 2015, will be updated annually and will enable the police to clearly see where the highest numbers of incidents are taking place so they can focus enforcement efforts in the areas that need it most.
A spokesperson for the National Gamekeepers’ Organisation (NGO) commented: “The NGO stands for gamekeeping within the law and condemns any wildlife crime, including any raptor persecution involving gamekeepers. We have made sure that the voice of the gamekeeper has been heard at every stage during the development of these maps.”
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