BASC utterly condemns raptor persecution and other wildlife crime. There should be no hiding place for those who commit such crimes.
Footage released by the RSPB today starkly illustrates the point that much work needs to be done to deal with such criminals. The video should rightly appal every member of the shooting community.
It is in the interests of our protected species and the future of shooting that every opportunity is taken to identify and bring wildlife criminals to justice.
The legal issues around the methods by which this footage was obtained have been well documented. All those involved, including the RSPB, have a responsibility to ensure all procedures are followed so as not to compromise legal process.
This film should stiffen the resolve of the shooting community to ensure there is no tolerance of wildlife crime and those who perpetrate such acts.