Conall Brutally Killed

Conall, barely 10 months old, was recently found brutally killed in the mountains of the Sligo Leitrim border.

Not the first child of his kind to have his short life savagely ended in this disgusting way, serious questions must be asked of the supposed law enforcement authorities in this country and of those charged with the care of such a young male.

How can people who poison the likes of Conall still be out there, rather than in prison, where they clearly belong ? How many people are there willfully poisoning their neighbours in this fashion ? How difficult can it really be to apprehend and punish severely those who willfully poison others ?

The communities in which this type of scandalous act of killing occur, whether Sligo, Leitrim, Kerry, or wherever, are small. Johnny knows Mick and Mick knows Billy. Get out and catch them and spare our society these criminals, who have no compassion, much less love, for those we share this island nation with.

But more questions :

How can Scotland and Norway continue to send their children to our shores, to be put up against this wanton destruction ? How can their governments allow the exporting of their defenceless sons and daughters to another country where, seemingly, nothing or not enough is done to protect them ?

Shame on Scotland. Shame on Norway. Most of all, shame on Ireland. I am disgusted by all three of you.

Read more here. And here.

A Nice Story from Poland

Cows tapped to protect rare birds in Poland. 

Lesser Spotted Eagle

Lesser Spotted Eagle

 

Twenty five cows are to be handed over to farmers in eastern Poland to graze in the open, creating an ideal habitat for the Lesser Spotted Eagle, Polskie Radio reported on January 5. 

This is part of a project aimed at protecting this large Eastern European bird of prey, launched in Poland with funding from the EU and the National Nature Protection Fund. 

“The farmers are expected to breed the cattle and hand over the young to other farmers in the region. The programme focuses on improving the habitat of the Lesser Spotted Eagle in Bialowieza and Knyszynska Forests,” the radio said. 

The project, which costs about 4.6 million euro, also provides for erecting 300 wooden posts enabling the eagles to look out for prey in the open fields, mowing overgrown deserted fields and creating small water reservoirs. 

About 1,900 pairs of the Lesser Spotted Eagle nest in Poland. I’ve been lucky enough to see some on visits to Poland. 

This is a story quite reminiscent of the project underway for the last several years down in the Burren – http://www.burrenlife.com/ – Farming for Conservation. 

While it sounds like a nice project, I’d have two basic questions : 

1. How could 25 cows, 300 wooden posts and project management possibly cost € 4.6 m ? 

2. Won’t there be other birds and animals generally that will lose out by the mowing of overgrown, deserted fields ? 

[Original story from The Financial – www.finchannel.com]