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Wildlife under threat
Posted 29 May 2008
The government is planning to 'deal with' non-native animals who arrive in the UK, according to DEFRA minister Jeff Rooker. Given Rooker's support for game shooting - an industry which kills millions of native animals in order to 'protect' mass-reared game birds - this announcement smacks of hypocrisy. Should the government really be concerned over non-native species, it would curtail the trade in animals for the pet, farming, vivisection and zoo trades, as escapees and abandonments from these have created wild, non-native populations. With habitats dwindling and inevitable changes in environmental and climatic conditions, species will increasingly stray over their allotted boundaries. Instead of helping wildlife to survive, this government - and those with vested interests - prefer a lethal option.