When newspapers reported the death of a peregrine, they copied and pasted the press release from animal rights activists. It had been shot, they said. Ben O’Rourke visits Belper in Derbyshire and finds out that it had been run over. It may have had lead shot in it as well, but that could have been ingested, or it could have been an airgun pellet. BASC’s Matthew Dutton and Tim Birch from the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust both condemn the killing of the bird.
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