Wednesday, March 05, 2003
According to this article from the BBC News, protesters are up in arms over the plans of conservation organizations in Britain to kill thousands of black rats (Rattus rattus) that have infested Lundy Island. The program actually began last November, and is scheduled to conclude in mid-April, but that hasn't stopped Animal Aid from staging a protest yesterday in an attempt to stop the slaughter. The "culling" was planned following concerns that the rats (more than 40,000 of them!) have been eating eggs and chicks, devastating populations of puffins (Fratercula artica) and Manx shearwaters (Puffinus puffinus) that nest on the island. To read Animal Aid's view, click here. You can read more about the Lundy Seabird Recovery Project at this site.
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