Even today, birds of prey continue to be persecuted on some driven grouse moors to such an extent it is causing population-level effects on iconic species such as golden eagles, hen harriers, red kites and peregrines. The level of criminality, which, we believe, fits the definition of organised serious crime, is unacceptable and is out of control.
The killing of wildlife on driven grouse moors is a relentless, year-round slaughter, carried out to ensure high stocks of red grouse are available for recreational shooting.
This briefing note by OneKind and the League Against Cruel Sports Scotland was provided to MSPs for the Members Day debate on a snare-free Scotland on 18 May 2017.
Each year, an average of 26,000 mountain hares are killed across Scotland.