Don’t Massacre Ravens in Barbaric Slaughter

Target: Dr. Mike Cantlay OBE, Chair of Scottish Natural Heritage

Goal: Don’t allow hunters to needlessly kill wild ravens in the Scottish highlands.

Hundreds of ravens in the highlands of Scotland may soon be targeted by hunters thanks to a new five-year license permitting their killing as part of an experimental cull led by Scottish Natural Heritage. A number of environmental groups are decrying this decision, saying that it is unnecessary and based on ill-informed persecution against these birds. Throughout history, ravens have been cast as villainous creatures. We now know they are remarkably intelligent birds that play an important role in the natural ecosystem. Therefore, they must be protected.

Part of the reason for the planned cull is the fact that a number of bird species in Scotland are in decline. One species in particular, the white-tailed sea eagle, is believed to have vanished entirely. Ravens are blamed for stealing these birds’ eggs and preying on their nestlings. While this may be true, it is equally true that human-caused environmental pressures like habitat loss and hunting are also significant factors contributing to the dwindling bird population.

Ravens should not be held solely accountable for larger environmental issues in Scotland. Sign this petition to urge the Scottish Natural Heritage to revoke this unnecessary license to kill these magnificent and intelligent birds.


Dear Dr. Cantlay,

I am writing to demand that you and the other members of Scottish Natural Heritage board revoke all recently-issued licenses given to hunters in Perthshire to cull ravens over the next five years. While ravens are opportunistic hunters and scavengers, they are not solely responsible for the drop in bird population in the Scottish highlands.

Research suggests that birds like the white-tailed sea eagle, now feared to be extinct in the region, face more immediate threats from human-related causes, including habitat loss, hunting, and the presence of introduced predators like feral cats. I urge you to listen to scientists and conservationists who have expressed their concerns regarding this cull, and ask that you revoke all licenses to slaughter these intelligent birds immediately.


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  1. As far as I know, the human been is the only living creature that take advantage on other beings for entertainment or profit.

  2. Why the hell would any decent Scot contribute to the slaughter of such a clever, beautiful bird ?? Pound for pound a raven is smarter than any person. This heinous murder MUST cease immediately. As a Scot I am totally ashamed. What the hell is happening to us? And why, for God’s sake should the fate of this Einstein of the bird world be left in the claws of an obviously indifferent lot of pseudo human beings?

  3. The best would be if the whole bloody human spieces would go extinct!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Alison Zacharis says:

    This is an appalling idea! Like every other sickeningly despicable idea we have ever had and after the cruel ‘experiment’ has decimated the raven population, what then? The only parasitical creature in serious need of being culled are humans! Mother Nature needs only to remove us from the planet to heal herself!

  5. Lisa Allred says:

    Signed & Shared❗️😠

  6. Raven cull – if natural predators would have not been eliminated to the point of extinction such would not be necessary!

    People “management” of wildlife only means killings!
    May God have No Mercy on You!

  7. Catherine Jenereaux says:

    Ravens are an intricate part of the environment. I have 6 Ravens who come each day. They actually warn the other birds and animals when a fox is around and will chase the fox away. They eat alongside the other birds and animals. They are intelligent and clean. The culling of the Scotland Ravens is uncalled for and nature will take care of balancing what needs to be balanced. What do Humans know about balance???? We are excessive in most areas.

  8. maineiac says:

    Scottish Natural Heritage must not scapegoat a threatened species with the decline of another threatened species. If the UK cannot responsibly manage its wildlife, I don’t know where we can look for responsible wildlife management. It is clear that human factors, including habitat loss, hunting and the introduction of non-native predator species are to blame for the decline of white-tailed sea eagles and other threatened species. Culling Scotland’s ravens will only exacerbate the problem of declining avian species without aiding the sea eagles. Please rescind the order.

    • Dolores Proubasta says:

      Well reasoned based on scientific facts. Would that the Scottish Natural Heritage had such enlightened employees. Sadly, “wildlife agencies” everywhere seem to be staffed by zoophobes and/or people so limited that killing is the only solution they can think of.

  9. Lilian Caughlin says:

    Humans overpopulate the planet daily and yet nobody except for a few sound the alarm. Maybe the time will come when nature does the culling.

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