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London’s Royal Parks accused of ‘callous slaughter’ by animal rights activists after culling more than 10,000 animals

RORY TINGLE: ‘Animal rights activists have accused London’s biggest parks of ‘callous slaughter’ after figures revealed over 10,000 wild animals have been culled by rangers in the last four years. More than 8,400 mammals and 3,240 birds have been exterminated by the Royal Parks authority since January 2013, including 1,734 deer, 2,657 rabbits and 1,221 crows. Rangers at the organisation’s eight open spaces, which include Hyde Park and Richmond Park, have also killed 3,679 squirrels, 330 foxes, 268 geese and 382 magpies. Animal Aid urged the Royal Parks to adopt alternatives to culling such as removing food sources for problem species and urging members of the public against feeding them. The charity believes culling animals such as foxes is ‘pointless’, because the removal of some foxes will simply cause other ones to move into the area… Long-standing government policy also advises against culling, stating that “most effective strategies… have primarily relied on non-lethal methods”.’ SOURCE…

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