"SCOTLAND FOR ANIMALS" MAKES INTERNATIONAL PLEA FOR EMAILS TO STOP DEER SLAUGHTER
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John Patrick, head of Scotland for Animals is pleading for an INTERNATIONAL response to the planned murders of a small herd of roe deer, which have been peacefully living on grounds owned by a company named Diageo, for the last 10 years. The company's planned expansion is being used as an excuse to kill the deer. So far, they are unwilling to listen to offers to relocate the herd. Scotland for Animals is asking caring people from around the world to inundate the company with emails in an attempt to apply pressure to stop the atrocity and convince them to utilize relocation and not murder to solve the problem.
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From: Scotland for Animals <john@scotlandforani mals.org>
Subject: DEER CULL TO GO AHEAD
Date: Wednesday, March 10, 2010, 6:42 PM
Please see email below which supporters have been receiving from Diageo re: deer cull, they are adamant that this will go ahead. We know we've been hammering you all with stuff over the past couple of days but if you can please email again to remind Diageo how bad they're going to look should this go ahead:
(just cut+paste our email, or a variation of, and personalise it with your own details)
You can also phone 020 79275200 and tell them you want to speak to the CEO Paul Walsh.
We're trying to find out exactly when this is supposed to happen and who'll be carrying the killing out, we'll keep you posted. See Diageo's reply below and also Scotland for Animals' appeal to reconsider quickly.
FAO Paul Walsh: Re: Deer cull/ Banbeath
Scotland for Animals <john@...>
Wed, 10 Mar 2010 18:07:35 +0000
Re: DEER CULL-- BANBEATH, FIFE
Dear Mr Walsh
We have received reports from the public that you are to go ahead with the culling of deer at your plant in Banbeath Fife. With regards to your firms statement that "the advice from the deer experts is that it would be irresponsible to relocate or release the deer and in the best interests of animal welfare all the deer should be culled." Could you please inform us who these experts are? We are extremely concerned about the integrity of these claims as we are aware that several expert organisations including the SSPCA have instructed you that these deer could be adequately preserved on site or alternatively easily transferred to another location. We are also aware that concrete offers have been made to yourselves for the use of suitable rehoming areas.
Further to your claim that you have been "Working with the key deer management experts, and with support of local community representatives, we have carefully examined every possible option for the management of the deer." we know that a petition containing over 2000 signatures was handed to you from local people asking for these deer to be saved and there is huge opposition to the cull from residents in surrounding areas. Again could we ask that you please tell us exactly which 'local community representatives' are supporting you in your actions?
We advise that it would be a grave mistake for Diageo to go ahead with this cull as the strength of public opposition to this is overwhelming and the advice you are being given and organisations which you appear to be receiving counsel from are looking extremely dubious.
After the massive amount of negative publicity that Diageo has had in Scotland through other matters we hope that you will reverse this decision immediately to avoid yet another PR disaster for your company. If you require any professional and reliable advice or assistance on welfare, resettling, transport, etc. issues regarding this case please do not hesitate to contact us.
Scotland for Animals
From: Global General Information
Sent: 10 March 2010 16:42
Subject: Re: DEER TO BE CULLED IN FIFE
Thank you for your email. Diageo has been working closely with deer welfare advisers at the Deer Commission for Scotland, the British Deer Society and the Scottish Deer Centre and with animal welfare officers at the SSPCA in a determined effort to address the animal welfare issues of a small herd of roe deer that has taken up residence at our Leven packaging site.
There have been deer on site for around 10 years, but recently there has been concern about the increasing numbers and health of the deer. In addition, the planned expansion at Leven – which includes the building of a new bottling hall – will result in a significantly reduced area of land available for the deer. Together these have important animal welfare implications, including even further restricted habitat, high stress levels and risk of injury.
Working with the key deer management experts, and with support of local community representatives, we have carefully examined every possible option for the management of the deer. However, the advice from the deer experts is that it would be irresponsible to relocate or release the deer and in the best interests of animal welfare all the deer should be culled.
We recognise that the deer are regarded fondly in the local community and by employees – this has been an extremely difficult decision to reach – but we have a responsibility to act on the advice of the deer experts in the best interests of the animals. The cull is being undertaken by qualified professionals in consultation with a vet and the police.
Corporate Relations Assistant
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