English business advocates illegal killing of songbirds


This 2012 video from Cornwall is called Hand Feeding Birds – Robin, Great and Blue Tit Singing.

From the BBC:

Devon butterfly supplier advised ‘wringing’ birds‘ necks

15 September 2015

A butterfly supplier who advocated illegally wringing birds’ necks has been branded “outrageous” by the RSPB.

Information on the Devon Butterflies website advised customers to kill various garden birds if they threatened butterfly breeding.

Tony Whitehead, from the RSPB, said the birds were protected and the website was “advising people to break the law”.

A company spokesman said the information “should have been labelled a tip” rather than as advice.

The website said the way to deal with blue or great tits that might peck holes in moth and butterfly breeding sleeves was to “catch them and wring their necks”.

It also suggested putting out mousetraps to catch robins, wrens and blackbirds.

Mr Whitehead said the message was “unambiguous” and described it as “absolutely outrageous”.

“It’s pretty simple really. All these birds are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act.

“He’s suggesting killing birds and you just cannot recommend to do this in a civilised society,” he said.

PC Josh Marshall, who tweeted a screen grab of the page pointing out that the advice was illegal, said the website had been brought to his attention by a member of the public.

“I’ve had a massive amount of feedback about this – he’s basically advocating killing wild birds. These birds mentioned aren’t pest species, they’re fully protected,” he said.

“I’m looking into the matter to see if an offence has been committed and I’ll certainly be visiting him to give him some advice and ask whether he has already killed any birds.”

A spokesperson from Butterfly Conservation said it had no affiliation with Devon Butterflies and wished to make it clear that they could not disagree more strongly with the advice given.

38 thoughts on “English business advocates illegal killing of songbirds

  1. Seems a peculiar idea even if the birds threatened other species would this amount to a dire situation for other species? I would have thought the supply of military equipment exported abroad by Britain could threaten wild life species such as birds, moths and other species that is more crucial.

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