Cripes! The Raptor Persecution Scotland blog is incandescent at the news that some licences may be issued to kill some buzzards in Scotland.
The author betrays a degree of chip-on-shoulder syndrome with the phrase:
It’s about time Roseanna Cunningham got up from her knees where she’s been busily licking the greasy balls of the rich and influential landowners for the past year...Nice image. One 'Dave Dick', who may or may not be the infamous RSPB enforcer, suggests in the comments that's a bit rich, and the author might like to remove it "before your enemies use it against you". By the time you read this it will probably be gone. So as a public service, here's a screenshot.
'Dave Dick' himself could do with some anger management therapy, ranting about "stupidity/chicanery/naked political greed" and the "thugs and bullies who will be carrying out these licences". Charming. And ever so slightly Marxist? I'm hardly rich, powerful or a landowner, but I find this stuff deeply offensive.
Raptor Politics is equally bonkers. Just the other day it had a blog post alleging all sorts of illegal activity on the part of PC Duncan Thomas, wildlife crime officer in the North East of England. The post was quickly taken down, probably on legal advice. I have a copy, but I don't dare repeat it here or I'd be sued for libel faster than you can say "what, you mean eagle owls actually eat hen harriers?".
With fundamentalists like this using birds of prey as a weapon to attack the "rich and influential" they so clearly despise, we have stepped outside conservation and are in the realms of political activism.
Which, coincidentally (honest) leads nicely into the latest blog post by Tim Bonner at the Countryside Alliance, who suggests antis fall into groups such as bunny huggers, lefties and anarchic sociopaths. Well worth a read.