Squirrels, like pigeons and songbirds, are wild animals that have adapted so well to coexisting with humans that they are seen a-plenty in even the most bustling cities. Squirrels are so common within our cultural landscape that they often go overlooked and taken for granted. However, these wide-eyed, fluffy-tailed rodents have a lot to offer the world, (like planting oak trees everywhere they go), and they deserve and need our help right now.
According to a petition on Care2, the UK Forestry Commission plans to order landowners to kill tens of thousands of grey squirrels each year with methods including poisoning, trapping, and shooting. Landowners will be compensated by the government for killing these innocent grey squirrels.
The reason the UK government wants to kill grey squirrels? They say it is to help boost the population of red squirrels. However, several wildlife experts have debunked these claims. The director of Animal Aid, Andrew Tyler, said, “People have been responsible for wiping out the red squirrel, it’s an excuse to blame the grey squirrel. The damage they do is exaggerated. Attempts to purge the landscape of them in the past have failed and this will fail too.”
If you hate to see these adorable little creatures senselessly killed, please take a moment to sign the petition addressed to the UK Forestry Commission and other government leaders, demanding they reconsider their plans to kill grey squirrels and encouraging them to seek alternative humane population control methods, if absolutely necessary.
There are many humane alternatives to controlling unwanted wildlife. If squirrels or other little critters happen to find their way into unwanted areas, read this for ideas on how to naturally deter them and keep them out.
And please share this with your friends and family to increase support for grey squirrels!
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