Badger cull monitors, killing parrots.

In the last few weeks we have recieved confirmation that the people responsible for enforcing the rules and regulations with regards to the handling of dead badgers during the cull is the Animal Plant Health Agency (APHA).

We already knew a few people involved with APHA were monitoring the actual killing of badgers, most notably Ray Ridley who has been under close surveillance many times over the years, leading cull saboteurs straight to farms involved in killing.

Ray pictured above has done quite a lot of killing over the years, he frequently flies all over the world to kill whatever is seen as an “invasive species” you can read about his exploits killing yellow legged gulls in Gibralter here. Or his training of locals to kill feral livestock in Montseratt, a guide which he wrote himself and for some reason included photographs or dead people. The manual can be downloaded here.

We have dug through classified files leaked from Natural England and found that Ray Ridley’s little gang within APHA are called the “National Wildlife Management Team”, they not only travel the world killing animals, they also cull here in the UK, they currently have at least two licences.
One to kill the ruddy duck, the other to kill Monk Parakeets (AKA Quaker parrots)

Although Ray is clearly the top gun in the team, his boss is none other than a Dave Parrott his email was included in the application: dave.parrott@apha.gsi.gov.uk

Dave with another one of the parrot killers Julia Coates Julia.coats@apha.gsi.gov.uk
trapping beavers, which risked killing them.

This is the rest of the team who are on the application to kill the monk parakeets

Sarah Beatham, her facebook friends list was open, very handy for finding the rest of the crew.
Sara Macias Rodriguez.
This is Rebecca Jones facebook profile, her likes on facebook include vegan animal rights group “Evolve” and astonishgly bird groups including “rare bird alert” & “birders against wildlife crime”
Julie Dendy, from her facebook page. She runs Drey Consulting and can be found on linkedin.

Why do they kill monk parakeets? the explanation in the application is that
“they can cause severe local
damage to crops and their communal nests are often
built on utility structures (e.g. pylons and
substations where they can cause power outages. In
the USA the cost of nest removal alone to reduce the
risk of power outages was estimated to be $1.3m to
$4.7m over a 5 year period.”

This explanation is nonsense, we have an entirely different power supply and network to the USA and none of the monk parakeets we have in England have ever nested in pylons. We can see from other applications to kill these parakeets, the only reason they are considered a pest is because they bother farmers. A Mr. Kenneth Slaney in a seperate application to kill monk parakeets at Reeds Hill Farm, Benfleet, Essex, SS7 1PJ wrote that he wanted to shoot them because:
“Protection of cattle feed from contamination. Contamination of livestock living areas.”

We found that the licence didn’t only ask Natural England for permission to shoot these birds, but they also wanted to use “spring operated traps” and “Nest box traps” more on those traps in the application stated:
“During February and mid-March
2017, initial work on the development of a nest trap
will involve preparatory work in which components of
a trap (e.g. circular metal frame around the nest
hole entrance) will be attached to the nest, to
observe the parakeets response and willingness to
still enter the nest.”

The birds have had people out defending them, numerous newspaper articles have covered the killing, The Daily Mail pointed out that each bird was costing over £1,000 to kill, Back in 2011 the police even waded in and wrongly stated that it was illegal to photograph the APHA kill team. Astonishgly, it’s still entirely legal to import, rear and sell these birds, which doesn’t make any sense if the government are actually interested in stopping these birds from taking down our power stations, or whatever ridiculous reasons they have come up with.

We will continue to expose the people involved in the badger cull, something all these people should have been told when they went to work for the APHA. We have been threatened on numerous occassions by a number of different government departments to stop publishing the details of the people involved, we have completely ignored all those legal threats and will continue to ignore them.
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REVEALED: English Wild Peregrine Falcons to be captured and bred for Middle East markets.

In the last couple of weeks the revelation that Natural England has licenced three Scottish falconers to take Peregrine Falcons from the wild to be bred from has hit the news.
We have dug a bit deeper than the papers and can exclusively reveal the people involved and some of their history. Scroll to the bottom of the page for all their contact details.

We have extensive access into Natural England’s confidential databases, so that’s where our search began. One name kept coming up, Gary Wall. Not only did he apply to take wild Peregrines, but three other people who also applied named him in their applications. We will come back to them later on.

Gary Wall

Gary was kind enough to reveal himself on facebook as the person who had recieved the licence, he then took the unusual step of explaining himself in the comments on Mark Avery’s blog post:

Given that Gary has a history of breeding falcons for the middle eastern market where Peregrine Falcons can sell for upto £70,000 it was a surprise that when Mark Avery gave Gary the opportunity to explain himself, he skimmed over his recent past. You can read all of Gary’s post here, but this extract is very revealing:

Gary conveniently edits his own personal history, skimming over the fact that he set up a falcon breeding centre in Scotland for the Middle Eastern market. This article from 2011 shows that he had been breeding falcons for some 20 years, so he clearly hadn’t retired in the “Early 2000’s”, his breeding site did get planning permission.

Perhaps Gary’s memory isn’t very good, his idea of retiring in the early 2000’s just as exports were taking off seems particularly odd. As shortly after getting planning permission for a larger breeding facility in 2011 that he’d been operating for 20 years was sold just two years later, to guess who?

Gary insists that the birds will not be bred for commercial gain, that’s very difficult to believe given his history. It’s even harder to believe when we look at the next licence holder (they named Gary in their application) who run a travelling circus/zoo without the proper permits:

Alan Rothery & Debbie Rothery
the owners of Sky High Falconry.

How Natural England decided to give these people a license to take eggs from peregrines nests reveals exactly the state they are in. They couldn’t even manage to do a simple check on the business, which hasn’t registered itself for either a zoo licence or registered under the performing animals act.
Earlier this week Freedom for Animals posted:

“The company has continued to keep and exhibit their captive birds, meaning that it is believed to have been illegally operating for a considerable period of time.”

Alan shows everyone how he thinks these majestic creatures should be handled.

We looked through Alan’s and Debbie’s facebook pages to find out more about their connections and past. Unsurprisingly both of them have many connections to Abu Dhabi. A quick skim through Alan’s followers on fb shows he certainly is well connected to UAE.

Going back a few years on his profile pictures this came up from 2011:

and again more recently in 2014:

This is Peregrine Falcon racing, it has nothing to do with the conservation of a species and everything to do with money.

The Scottish Hawking Club facebook group that Alan runs with Debbie conveniently hadn’t locked down it’s members list. No doubt they’ll get round to it after reading this post, but we’ve already saved the page, along with all the other unsecured friends and followers lists.

It was in that Hawking club that we found another person we knew who had applied to take peregrines from the wild. A Dr. Karl Jennings. His application was not successful, but it also included Gary Wall’s name in the application.

Karl isn’t the brightest button, as this news article demonstrates, he had to enlist firefighters to remove the ring he’d placed on a bird, which then grew out of it.

The third person to be given a licence was a Mr. David Martin, we know very little about him other than the contact details he gave on his application to Natural England. He also named Gary Wall on his application.

We cannot understand how or why any of these people have been given a licence to take Peregrines from the wild. Please do contact Natural England chiefs at home and ask them why they have allowed this travesty to occur.

You can find their details here.

Don’t expect too much though, Head of NE and so called environmentalist said this to The Telegraph:

We had threatening legal letters from Natural England last year after revealing confidential information, they can carry on threatening us, their threats are music to our ears. We know when they get upset we are on the right path. If they don’t like it then they can stop licensing badger culls.

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Contact details for the nest robbers:
Gary Wall
Birch House, Kiltarlity, Beauly, Inverness-shire. IV4 7HT
email: falcoscot@hotmail.com
twitter: https://twitter.com/Falcoscott
Gary has now deleted his facebook profile.

Alan & Debbie Rothery
Skyhigh Falconry, Old Granton Cottage, Annan Water, Moffat, Dumfriesshire. DG10 9LT
tel: 01655 760333
mobile: 07711 730 579
email: alan@skyhighfalconry.com
private facebook for Alan: https://www.facebook.com/alan.rothery.5
private facebook for Debbie: https://www.facebook.com/debbie.rothery

David Martin
Easter Rynaballoch, Haughs of Cromdale Road, Cromdale, Grantown on Spey, Morayshire. PH26 3LW
telephone: 01807 510356
email: birdiemartin2@gmail.com

Dr. Karl Jennings (applied but failed to get license)
4, The Field, Long Lane, Telford, Shropshire, TF6 6HE
Mobile: 07803 580 633
email: karljennings@hotmail.com
email: karl.jenningsmrcvs@googlemail.com

Fox hunting minister, insists cull must continue.

A story in today’s mirror about a letter from Lord Gardiner covering the badger cull says:

“Cull companies are not businesses which have been mandated to close … Government guidance is clear that travel for work which cannot be done from home is permitted, and routine business and disease management activities respecting hygiene and social distancing, can continue.”

He insisted the “ability to deliver safe, effective and humane culling operations is paramount”.

This is simply not true, of all the elements of the badger cull there is one that cannot be done with social distancing and that is the free shooting of badgers. The reason it can’t be done is simple, shooters have to work in teams of two and very rarely come from the same household.

This means that the freeshooting element of the badger cull will force people into sharing vehicles, furthermore those teams of shooters change very frequently, so by the end of the badger cull the majority of a zones shooters could have Corona virus, some may even die.

Lord Gardiner probably couldn’t care less, he’s a notorious fox hunter, who was chairman of the Kimblewick hunt for many years. He mentions it along with the Countryside Alliance in his list of interests:

This particular hunt has been in the national press a couple of times in the last few years, many following the badger cull will remember the Kimblewick having to kill many of it’s hounds after they contracted bTB, no doubt spreading the disease across the country.

Last year two of the hunts members were caught releasing a trapped fox to hounds.

The district judge, Kamlesh Rana, said the fox was “trapped in the earth and was faced with drainage rods at one end and humans at the other” and that the defendants’ actions were “deliberate and premediated”. However, she recognised during their sentencing that they “were not the brains of the operation”.

You have to wonder who was?

Sir John Gardiner, raven killer.

Well known classical music conductor and friend to Prince Charles is killing ravens on his Dorset farm. An application sent to Natural England by Sir Gardiner has been seen by “Stop the Cull”:

We will be lambing 1000 ewes outside and are
most concerned that we shall have a repetition of the
damage to our flock as experienced in the last two
years when we lost approx. 70 ewes and lambs per year
to ravens killing new born lambs and pecking eyes out
of ewes as they lamb.”


and his reasoning to kill continued:

As a commercial farming
business we are exposed to financial hardship through
losses of livestock. Also the welfare issues are
extremely important to us. Ewes with pecked out eyes
have to be put down, leaving orphan lambs, and great
numbers of lambs are killed or half
killed.

It’s difficult to believe that Sir Gardiner really understands what “financial hardship” means having inherited a farm (his father Rolf was one of the founders of the soil association and a suspected supporter of the Nazi party) and having a successful career as a conductor. Indeed his financial records for the farm show that he has over £300k cash in the bank and assetts in excess of £1million.

What was also very interesting was who Sir Gardiner employed to do the killing, 4 men, 3 of whom are known badger cull contractors:

Rob Burton, kills badgers in cages and free shooting, holds a shotgun and firearms licence.
Belvedere, Hartgrove, Shaftesbury, SP7 0LA
mob: 07780 665530
email: rebgroundworks@gmail.com

Andrew Gingell, has been involved in free shooting of badgers, holds a firearms licence.
Keepers Cottage, West Lodge, Iwerne Minster, Blandford Forum, DT11 8LE
mob: 07854 791645
email: jenny_lindsay@hotmail.co.uk .

Martin Coombes
, another one who is free shooting badgers and holds a firearms licence, believed to be killing in multiple badger cull zones.
Sutton Hill Farm Cottage, Iwerne Minster, Blandford Forum, DT11 8LG
mob: 07825 814296
email: ferretnboris@hotmail.com

A futher two men Andrew Eves and David Vincent, were both listed at Sir Gardiners home address of:
Gore Farm, Ashmore, SP5 5AR.
Sir John Gardiner email:
gorefarm1610@googlemail.com
phone: 01747 811157

On the application to kill the ravens it was said of these men:

1 – Robert Burton – deer stalker
2 – Andrew Gingell – game keeper for 30 years +
3 – Martin Coombes – under game keeper
4 – Andrew Eves- 16 years experience of shooting vermin

What we find particularly odd is that the licence is for 5 people to kill 5 birds, there is no evidence offered that ravens are actually attacking sheep, they are well known to pick at dead animals but that isn’t proof they kill them and even if they did kill them, must we kill all the predators in this country so that some hobby farmers can make a few quid?

We know that Natural England approved this licence to kill 5 ravens, we can guess the level of monitoring to ensure the numbers were not exceeded..

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Soil Association vet killing badgers.

For some years the lack of interest in stopping the badger cull from the Soil Association has drawn a lot of confusion, how can an organisation that says: “Animal welfare is at the heart of organic and our standards are the highest of any farming system in the UK” when they support badger culling, the answer may well lie in the fact that a vet who is an advisor to the soil association is not only pro cull but goes out killing badgers.


We can exclusively reveal that Peter Plate has been going out killing badgers for at least 3 years now, possibly a lot longer. Please do contact him with your thoughts about why a vet shouldn’t be killing healthy animals:

Peter Plate, 5 High Street, Sixpenny Handley, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP5 5NR
mobile: 07743 043 731
email: peter.plate@btinternet.com
pplate@rvc.ac.uk
peter.plate@virgin.net

Please also contact the Soil Association and ask them why they are still supporting a badger cull: press@soilassociation.org

We will be keeping a close eye on Mr. Plate and his movements this year.

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Game Farm Map goes Europe wide

Last year the Countryside Alliance put some effort into highlighting the map of game farms that had been compiled and put up online.

The CA, desperate to stop the public from knowing the locations of game farms, emailed all their members to ask Facebook to remove a post from “Stop the Cull”. Facebook agreed to remove the post, but crucially, the map is still up and all the CA achieved was letting everyone know exactly how worried the shooting industry is.

“It first became clear that an underground attack on the shooting industry was occurring when game farms in Wiltshire and Cornwall were targeted by animal rights extremists. In total, thousands of pounds of damage was caused, having significant impacts on the businesses. The criminals lauded and promoted their despicable attacks on several social media platforms using fake accounts, second-hand information and friendly media sources.”


We suspect the 50.000 plus views of the map is in itself proof of how much concern there is inside the industry.

Over the winter of 2019/20 a lot of effort has been put into updating the map with hundreds of locations across Europe. If you know anyone who is interested in Animal Rights anywhere in Europe, please consider passing on a link to this page to them and encourage them to film/protest/liberate.

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You can view the map here:

Fox hunters targeting marginal seats.

The Mirror is running with this story today.

“Stop the Cull” have been passed on these two emails sent out by the Pytchley with Woodland Hunt:

And the second email “Dawn Raid” makes them sound like they are soldiers involved in some kind of war:
A War On Wildlife.

Jay Tiernan, spokesperson for “Stop the Cull” commented:

The Tory parties true colours have been revealed by this internal email from a hunt anonymously passed onto us, The fanfare of the repeal of the hunting act being revoked from the Tory manifesto hides a hideous truth: fox hunting continues up and down the country much the same as it ever did before the ban and it is this status quo that the hunting community are now desperately clinging onto.

Whilst it is encouraging to see the hunting community so clearly terrified by Labour’s manifesto pledges for animals, We are deeply concerned that swing voters in marginal seats are now being targeted perhaps believing that the tory commitment not to overturn the hunting ban is welcome news.

voters across the country can now expect to be bombarded with Tory propaganda as fox hunters go door to door in marginal seats. We would urge anyone who comes across a tory leafletter to ask them why fox hunters are distributing for them.

The badger cull, fox hunting and the wide range of species killed on shooting estates for sport are a dark smear on our national identity and should have no place in a modern Britain, these bloodsports belong in the dark ages.

anyone who cares about animals shouldn’t be in any doubt as to who to vote for on December 12th,

we would say to anyone eligible to vote, that if you want to give the gift of life this christmas;
Get The Tories Out.

Jay Tiernan

Hunts known to be publicly linked to “Vote ok”:
Belvoir
Beaufort
Quorn
Old Surrey Burstow West Kent
Pytchley with Woodland
Cottesmore
East Essex

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Test the Marriage Vows.

^the first sticker design sent into STC this morning.

17th of September
Marriage’s flour company is exposed as selling peanuts by the ton to a badger cull company, the calls for a boycott begin.

18th of September:
“Thank you for all your comments,
Berry Ingredients (a subsidiary of W&H Marriage & Sons Ltd) is a major importer and trader of peanuts, selling them to retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers across the UK and aboard. It only markets products for the feeding of wild birds, which is clearly stated on labels and packaging.
Kind regards,
The Marriage’s team”

Then Infinity, Essential and Suma wholesalers all start to ask Marriage’s as well, they are also given the above statement, none of them are happy with the obvious cut and paste answer, complete with “aboard” spelling mistake.

Marriage’s after losing all three wholesalers then issues another statement:

19th of September:
“Following recent online activity associating W & H Marriage & Sons Ltd with the Government’s badger control, the company has now completed an investigation.

Berry Ingredients (a subsidiary of W & H Marriage & Sons Ltd) only markets peanuts for the feeding of wild birds, which is clearly stated on labels and packaging.

We confirm that, if there is a concern that the peanuts a customer purchases could be used for badger control, the sale will be refused.”

As the calls for a boycott now roll out to other shops and wholesalers, we have to ask Marriage’s if they want to be taken seriously can they answer these three simple questions:

1: How many times have you refused a sale of peanuts because you think they are going to be used for the badger cull?

2: Why did you sell the peanuts to Mr.Brown when it was obvious they were not a business involved in feeding wild birds?

3: How are you going to differentiate between genuine customers and badger cull companies?

We would suggest that any company that is not listed in companies house that doesn’t have the appropriate SIC code should be considered suspicious especially if they are only ordering peanuts between July and October, and on that point, how many tons of peanuts were you selling in the third quarter of each year in 2013 and how many tons did you sell in 2019?

We are happy to fund raise and pay for an independent accountant to analyse your accounts to verify that you are indeed only involved in selling peanuts to wild bird food companies.

To any wholesaler reading this who is considering stocking or restocking Marriage’s flour. We would point out, the Marriage’s are run by the master of the Essex farmers union fox hunt (a position their father who also ran marriages held) they also stock and sell feed for the game shooting industry. How ethical is that?

We are more than happy to broadcast your decision either way across social media for as long as the badger cull’s continue.

Please as a matter of urgency, contact:
Suma
Website: www.suma.coop
E-mail: info@suma.coop

Infinity
Website: www.infinityfoods.co.uk
E-mail: info@infinity.coop

Essential
Website: www.essential-trading.coop
E-mail: sales@essential-trading.coop

Please thank them for suspending purchases with Marriage’s and ask them to insist that Marriages explain exactly how they ended up selling peanuts to a badger cull company IF they are telling the truth and say that they wouldn’t if they knew. How will such a mistake, if it is a mistake be stopped from happening again?

NFU trackers security flaw exposed.

All the shooters involved in the badger cull this year were issued TMT250 tracking devices by the NFU. What’s interesting in light of last weekends phone blockades is that you can see that the shooters all have to ring in to the central “ops room” before they go out shooting and again when they come home.
What we now know is that shooters have to ring in to their local parish organiser as the ops room can’t cope with the high volume of calls that have been made by anti cull protestors, none of the original 16 phone lines now work.

To add insult to injury, the tracking devices that the shooters use have massive security flaws that people on the ground have been exploiting for some time. The bluetooth on the device is constantly on and gives away that a shooter is near you simply by looking at your nearby devices on bluetooth. Waiting at roundabouts, or near petrol stations and crossroads can pay dividends.

You can go further and use BLE Scanner for android or iphone, an instruction manual on how to use that can be found here.
The trackers have a further weakness they operate on a SIM from Luxembourg making their numbers stand out if anyone is using an IMSI catcher. Once you’ve built your imsi catcher you want to get within a mile of a mobile tower, you can find the map here:
https://www.mastdata.com/

What happens next is anybody’s guess, in 2017 when we announced just before the cull that we could track the badger shooters due to their use of Tetra handsets, the cull was strangely put back by two weeks!

Shooters now have to call their local organiser rather than the ops room before going out to kill badgers, so it’s never been more vital to tie down the cull organisers telephones,  call them, sign them up to “request callback” on google searches, put adverts on gumtree, put adverts up in your local supermarket!

If you don’t do it, are you sure someone else will?

 

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