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Rooks (Destruction)

Volume 463: debated on Monday 28 March 1949

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asked the Minister of Agriculture whether his attention has been called to a scheme for keeping down the rook population by blasting them from their nests by means of high explosives; and, in view of the suffering which would be involved, what advice he proposes to give to war agricultural committees on this subject.

Yes, and I strongly deprecate such a method which can only lead to the indiscriminate slaughter of rooks. County agricultural executive committees are being instructed only to organise shoots in areas of dense concentrations.