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Classic example of CONservation hooliganism being a huge failure. The
RSPB et al, Nazi inclined obsession with alien species that has led
to the wholesale slaughter of millions of animals from ruddy ducks, to
rare black rats. From forcing unhealthy populations of red squirrels
together in man made colonies, to over breeding of sea birds causing
starvation due to declining foods. It's one big cock up and it's
costing us the tax payer millions.
Isn't it about time we gave the CONservation hooligans the boot and
put real men in to conservation?
Rats! Cull of mink causes new scourge
IT IS a prime example of the law of unintended consequences. The
high-profile £1.5m campaign to kill mink and save seabirds in the
Western Isles has led to an explosion in the numbers of egg-eating
rats, say Hebridean crofters.
Although conservationists are claiming the rats are no more plentiful,
only bolder, locals believe that the mink were keeping the rats in
Conservationists have been trying to eliminate mink from the islands
after a small number escaped in the 1960s and began breeding and
spreading across the Outer Hebrides. Mink are indiscriminate killers
and attack seabirds, poultry, nests and eggs, killing everything they
Experts believe they have cleared the "Southern Isles" of North Uist,
Benbecula, South Uist and Barra of the predators. But locals believe
that the rats, which were terrified of the mink are now attacking
nests, too, and causing damage around crofts.
Local Donald MacLeod said: "We definitely notice the difference since
they started cracking down on the mink; there are a lot more rats
around and they are a menace. No-one liked the mink very much, but
they did help in keeping the rats down."
But Iain Macleod, who manages the Hebridean Mink Project for Scottish
Natural Heritage, said: "There is no evidence that there are any more
rats than before. What is clear is that the rats are changing their
behaviour. They are coming out more often, and while they do cause
damage to seabirds, they are nothing like as destructive as the mink.
The key way to keep the rats under control is to store feed in places
where the rats cannot get to it."
Mink were introduced to the Western Isles in the 1950s and 1960s in
attempts at commercial farming in Lewis.
Up to 10,000 adult mink are thought to have colonised the islands,
with several hundred in the Uists.
The full article contains 321 words and appears in Scotland On Sunday
newspaper.Last Updated: 01 March 2008 8:50 PM
It's all about money and if Mr McIntosh knew anything about animal
behaviour he would know that rats are opportunists and will take birds
eggs and chicks whether there's feed on farms or not. Their
population will expand to suit the overall resources available.
Conservation - as fake as a £9 note
At a time of economic instability, spiralling prices and cuts in
essential services across the board, one industry seems to be escaping
much of the hardship.
Never mind our armed services without proper equipment, prisons
stretched to capacity, hospitals being sources of infection, schools
failing future generations, social services not able to cope,
inadequate flood defences, precipitous potholes in our roads, and last
but not least the seemingly unstoppable rise in violent crime.
Despite all the political posturing, essential services are largely
being starved of cash, whilst millions of pounds are being thrown at a
relatively new industry which feeds off fears and prejudices and is
about as fake as a nine pound note. Indeed, if this industry operated
in the high street, it would probably be closed down for
misrepresentation or downright fraud.
The industry of course is "conservation" which:
· Passes off the planting of nursery grown saplings (baby trees)
as "ancient woodlands".
· Claims planting trees combats climate change - where
scientific evidence concludes they do not above 20 degrees latitude
and that the money would be better spent protecting tropical forests.
· Promotes historical assumptions and speculation as "facts" in
respect of identifying "native" species where it has no evidence to
support its claims.
· Introduces animals that have evolved abroad and claims they
are "native" to this country because they are in the same paper
classification of "species".
· Emotively uses words like "extinct" when it really means an
animal is no longer established in certain locations.
· Promotes and carries out ethnic cleansing by killing plants
and animals it deems inappropriate because of origin or abundance, for
the benefit of those it favours.
· Solicits donations from the public for conserving the natural
environment, yet indulges in and encourages environmentally damaging
activities to fund its existence.
· Sends out large quantities of unsolicited junk mail, which is
environmentally damaging by its production, distribution and disposal.
· Canvasses for volunteers to do menial tasks, but pays its
executives up to and over £100,000 a year.
· Contributes virtually nothing in rates and taxes to the
economy because it hides behind charity status.
· Creates its own crises, advises politicians what to do, and is
paid by the taxpayer to solve them - a "gravy train" ring.
· Is responsible for increasing the environmentally damaging
human footprint in wild places by buying large tracts of land for
tourism and recreation.
· Is backed by a forestry authority and other government quangos
that would be largely redundant if it wasn't for "conservation" -
bureaucrats keeping themselves in jobs.
· Promotes and allows blood sports on "reserves" that should be
All this and more while our country is descending into "third world"
status at an alarming rate.
The CON in conservation is there for all to see - for those who look
All truth passes through three stages:
First, it is ridiculed;
Second, it is violently opposed; and
Third, it is accepted as self-evident.
-- Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)