Peregrine Falcon with chick, CC Georges Lignier

Natural England: Withdraw licences to take peregrine falcon chicks from their nests for use in falconry

Natural England recently published a blog outlining their decision to issue licences to take peregrine falcon chicks from the wild to be used in falconry. Taking a chick from their nest and natural habitat to be used in needless breeding programmes to support a hobby is deeply unethical, and this decision must be reversed. 

Natural England try and justify this obvious violation of ethics by describing falconry as ‘an ancient tradition’, while it is in fact just archaic and outdated. 

It is particularly outrageous that while Natural England recently revoked licences to release grey squirrels after rescue, they are now issuing licences to take animals from the wild to support a cruel hobby. It is shameful that Natural England prioritises supporting this ‘sport’ over the wellbeing of sentient beings. 

Peregrine falcons are one of the few species who have seen a resurgence in their numbers in recent years, but this does not mean they should be exploited in this way. These animals still suffer persecution, and still need protections. We are concerned these licences being issued could open the door for further animals to be taken from the wild to benefit humans. 

We appeal to Natural England to immediately reverse this decision, and withdraw these licences.

Support peregrine falcons by adding your name to this petition calling on Natural England to reverse this decision.

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